Global Steering Committee members from Burkina Faso, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Peru, and the Global Executing Agency attended COP21 in Paris, France from November 30-December 11, 2015. Some DGM GSC members served on national delegations and others as observers to the climate negotiations. In addition to participating in and following the negotiations, these DGM representatives were invited to share their work with the DGM at both the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion and the IUCN Pavilion.
During both panels, the DGM Global Steering Committee members explained the topics that have been identified for implementation with national DGM funds in their countries. They also shared their experiences with establishing their own particular National Steering Committees and discussed how collectively these activities will strengthen the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in defining environmental policies and implementation of REDD+ programs.
Global Steering Committee members expressed excitement over the Paris Agreement and its support for programs like the DGM, which strive to recognize the role of IPLCs as forest stewards and seek to provide access to capacity building in issues including good governance, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable forest management.