Culture, Livelihoods, and Participation of Indigenous Peoples to be Supported and Enhanced, Thanks to Newly Adopted Green Climate Fund Indigenous Peoples Policy

 Daughter of the Ammatoa poses for a photo in the Ammatoa Kajang indigenous community during the DGM Asia Regional Exchange in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Phnom Thano

Daughter of the Ammatoa poses for a photo in the Ammatoa Kajang indigenous community during the DGM Asia Regional Exchange in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Phnom Thano

The DGM Global Steering Committee and Global Executing Agency are thrilled to congratulate indigenous peoples and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) on the adoption of the GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy (GCF/B.19/05). During the GCF’s Board Meeting in Songdo, South Korea this week, one of the major priorities of indigenous peoples was the adoption of the Indigenous Peoples Policy. The policy was adopted this morning, February 27, with no questions or objections. A video of the policy's adoption is available through the GCF website, and a transcript is below:

"Inasmuch as this issue has been dealt with through 70 submissions from the Board and from civil society entities and has received the opinions of 180 indigenous peoples organizations and inasmuch as there were two rounds of public consultations and one round of consultation with the Board, it is clear that this policy is quite mature and we would like to place it before the board for your adoption if there are no objections. Are there objections to approving this policy? (pause) It is approved." - Paul Oquist, GCF Co-Chair

This policy has been a priority for indigenous peoples since the GCF's formation in 2010 and will support their access to and equitable benefits from climate finance, as well as their engagement in climate change policy and actions at the global level, a commitment that has already been recognized by the Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Forest-dependent communities are on the frontlines of nature-based solutions to climate change, but they are too often left out of conversations and decision-making tied to sustainable forestry and climate action. The rationale for the policy asserts that, "[i]n many cases, [Indigenous Peoples] do not receive equitable access to project benefits, or benefits are not devised or delivered in a form that is culturally appropriate, and they are not always adequately consulted about the design or implementation of activities that would profoundly affect their lives or communities." The policy will ensure that GCF activities are developed and implemented in a way that respects, protects, and promotes indigenous peoples' dignity, rights, identities, aspirations, livelihoods, and cultures. Indigenous peoples representatives have already expressed what this means and what they hope this policy implementation will unlock for them. We too are hopeful as to where this step will lead us in our efforts to enhance the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities.

In October 2017, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved an additional investment of $500 million that will enhance nature’s role in fighting climate change. These funds will be dedicated to paying countries for verified emission reductions from REDD+ actions and will provide an important signal to countries that restoring and maintaining their forests and mangroves generates financial benefits. This outcome unlocks a new source of finance for REDD+ activities that have achieved results and will advance the role of forests in delivering on global climate and sustainable development goals. As indigenous peoples have been strongly engaged in REDD+ activities, the Indigenous Peoples Policy will guarantee that their rights are taken into consideration in these forest focused mechanisms.

About the Green Climate Fund

The mandate of the GCF is to promote low-emission and climate resilient development in eligible developing countries with a strategic vision of “promoting the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways” and “supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement within the evolving climate finance landscape.” GCF accredited entities represent a diversity of national, regional, private, non-governmental and international organizations from all over the world that can operate at various levels of scale and undertake a range of financial instruments

About the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

The Dedicated Granted Mechanism is an innovative grant program for fighting forest loss that is putting project design and funding decisions in the hands of indigenous peoples and local communities, giving them the power to set priorities and implement programs aimed at conserving their natural environment. Conceived and designed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and funded by the global community through the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) provides the resources to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities that will enable them to strengthen their participation in the FIP and other REDD+ processes.


Draft (Adopted) of the new GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy

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DGM Brasil National Steering Committee elects new coordination!

The election was held during the first meeting of the Committee, on February 1st and 2nd, 2018, which marked the beginning of the project activities in 2018.
On February 1st and 2nd, indigenous, quilombolas and traditional communities representatives of the National Steering Committee (NSC), as well as members of the Forest Investment Program (FIP), the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and the National Indian Foundation (Funai), met with the key and administrative teams of DGM Brasil, at the World Bank headquarter in Brasilia.

During the meeting, the members of the NSC were updated and the coordinators were elected for the 2018/2020 biennium. The indigenous Srewe Xerente and the quilombola Lucely Morais Pio, who took over the coordination and vice-coordination, previously held positions by the indigenous João Nonoy Krikati and the babaçu coconut breaker Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima (2016/2018), respectively.

For Lucely, leadership of the Comunidade Quilombola do Cedro and representative of the Articulação Pacari de Plantas Medicinais do Cerrado, the moment demands the union of forces: "Let us fight and work together, join hands and do a good job, because the idea is to move forward with the projects and seek resources so that DGM Brasil can continue after 2020 ".

Srewe, who is also a representative of the União Indígena Xerente (UNIX), had similar sentiments, stating that: "The Committee needs to be more and more concerned with strengthening public policies, especially those related to the environment, and how to attract more resources for the conservation of our Cerrado biome. I believe that many here are already thinking further, because DGM can not rely solely on this donation (World Bank)".

At the opportunity, the 2018/2019 Work Plan was presented, discussed and approved by the NSC, which also sought to articulate strategies for participation in important national and international agendas.

Source: DGM Brasil, Paula Lanza 


 The indigenous Srewe Xerente and the quilombola Lucely Morais Pio, have been elected to lead and coordinate the National Steering Committee of DGM Brazil.

The indigenous Srewe Xerente and the quilombola Lucely Morais Pio, have been elected to lead and coordinate the National Steering Committee of DGM Brazil.

DGM Ghana Announces Okyeame Kwame as Climate Change Ambassador

On January 24, Solidaridad West Africa, the National Executing Agency for the DGM Ghana project, announced Okyeame Kwame as its Climate Change Ambassador. Okyeame Kwame is a talented Ghanaian musician who has been inspiring creative difference since 1997 when he debuted onto the Ghana music scene.

Solidaridad's Regional Director, Isaac Gyamfi, said Okyeame Kwame will help drum home the impact of climate change and hopefully move the public to take responsible action to fight the global phenomenon. He will also be instrumental in developing appropriate jingles to educate the public, engage with media and reach out to school children and communities on land use and climate change. “Climate change actually affects everybody, and it should be the concern of all to take appropriate actions toward its fight”, said Mr. Gyamfi.

On his part, Okyeame Kwame expressed his appreciation to Solidaridad for the opportunity he has been given to support the fight against climate change. He said climate change, if left unchecked, could wreak havoc on the livelihoods of poor farmers as it alters rainfall and impacts crop yields. He bemoaned the current rate of deforestation and forest degradation in Ghana and called on the media to spotlight this phenomenon as it threatens human survival. 

Mr. Hayford Duodu, the Chairman of DGM Ghana's National Steering Committee, expressed optimism about Okyeame Kwame’s ability to make a difference in the fight against climate change, noting that the artist's popularity in local communities would boost climate awareness and make a meaningful impact.

Ms. Suzan Yemidi, Country Representative of Solidaridad Ghana, commended Okyeame Kwame for his selfless interest in climate awareness, offering his support on a pro bono basis. She extolled the artist’s respected brand and image and hoped that it could help bring about critical change in halting deforestation and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

SOURCE: Bossman Owusu, Solidaridad West Africa

DGM Brazil's National Level Exchange

From December 11th to 13th, representatives of 16 subprojects selected in the first call for proposals of DGM Brazil participated in an exchange of experiences with market-oriented projects. On the first day, they learned about the work of the Central do Cerrado (Brasília - DF), established by 35 community organizations - from the states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Pará, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso and Goiás - that develop productive activities based on the sustainable use of sociobiodiversity of the Cerrado biome. The work developed allows the connection between community producers and consumers, offering products for restaurants, small markets and delicatessen, as well as cocktails, finger food and snacks for events.

Also on the 11th, in the afternoon, they visited the production space of Coopafama, one of the organizations associated with the Central do Cerrado, located in the settlement Colônia I, in the municipality of Padre Bernardo (Goiás State). Coopafama works with organic agriculture, handicrafts and the production of the delicacies offered in the ecosocial cocktails of the Central do Cerrado, such as jams, pastries and cakes made with products from the socio-biodiversity of the Cerrado biome. It is made up of two distinct groups: the Grupo Vida e Preservação (men) and the Grupo Sabor do Cerrado (women), which presented the production process, the collective work in the settlement, the main challenges and the relationship within the cooperative.

On Tuesday (December 12th), the subprojects got to know the work carried out by Copabase, in the city of Arinos (Minas Gerais State), in the Rio Urucuia Valley. The cooperative is dedicated to family farming and solidarity economy, attending the municipalities of Bonfinópolis de Minas, Buritis, Formoso, Pintópolis, Riachinho, Urucuia and Uruana de Minas. To see the work that is carried out "at the edge", in the afternoon, the group went to the Carlos Lamarca settlement in Uruana de Minas. There they visited the productive yard of the Dona Cleide and were enchanted with the crozé craft in line dyed with substances extracted from plants of the Cerrado biome. On the last day of the exchange (December 13th), the representatives of the subprojects learned about the crafts of Central Veredas (, a cooperative member of Copabase.


Paula Lanza

Centro de Agricultura Alternativa do Norte de Minas - CAA/NM

 Group photo for the exchange!  Photo credit: CAA

Group photo for the exchange!

Photo credit: CAA

Community Representatives Receive Training to Fight Climate Change

Sixteen members of the National Steering Committee (NSC) and project officers of the Ghana-Dedicated Grant Mechanism (G-DGM) project have completed a five-day intensive training programme on climate change and REDD+ from 27 November to December 1, 2017. The training happened on the flanks of the second NSC meeting held in Kumasi.

The goal was to increase communities’ understanding of the linkage between their current activities and climate change, gain an appreciation of climate-smart activities and the G-DGM project as well as share and apply the knowledge in their practices. 

“I attended this training with little understanding of the project and climate change”, says Grace Pokuaa, an NSC member from the Nkoranza District. “But now, I have learned that indiscriminate tree felling contributes to climate change and adversely affects crop production.”

The G-DGM seeks to promote the inclusion of 51 forest dependent communities in policy formulation and initiatives that seek to reduce deforestation and degradation. This is done through awareness creation, training in climate change and REDD+, and the provision of sub-grants to local communities for promoting adaptive and coping livelihoods, sustainable management of natural resources and to increase their capacity to adapt to climate change.

The project is unique in that it gives oversight responsibility to community representatives who constitute the National Steering Committee. With their role in reviewing work plans, community proposals and progress of activities, and promoting learning among stakeholders in communities, members of the NSC contribute to successful project outcomes that promote sustainable forest management.

“The training is an eye-opener for me, and I resolve to share the knowledge I have acquired on climate change and the DGM project with members of my community and others I represent on the National Steering Committee”, says Hayford Duodu, Chairman of the NSC.

Solidaridad West Africa is the National Executing Agency of the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism, funded by the World Bank. By 2022, the project seeks to sensitize more than 11,000 adults on climate change and REDD+ and strengthen sustainable practices among forest reliant communities.

Author: : Bossman Owusu, DGM Ghana NEA, Solidaridad

 Photo credit: Bossman Owusu 

Photo credit: Bossman Owusu 

MozDGM Approved by the World Bank

The DGM Global team is excited to share an update on DGM Mozambique (MozDGM), which received approval from the World Bank Board on Wednesday, December 6. This is a big accomplishment and a necessary step to begin project implementation.

Like the other country projects, MozDGM has been designed to support the specific needs and priorities of Mozambique’s local communities. Mozambique has several laws and policies allowing for community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), but there has been limited promotion of these opportunities, and the country's local communities have lacked representation in national-level policy making. MozDGM will strengthen the capacity of communities and community-based organizations (CBOs) in the targeted regions of Zambézia and Cabo Delgado to participate in CBNRM and key policy-making opportunities. MozDGM will also provide financial and technical support for CBO-led subprojects, focusing on agriculture, forest-related value chains and restoration, nature-based tourism, and fishery-related value chains.

 The National Steering Committee of MozDGM had its first meeting in Nampula in April 2017. Photo Credit: DGM Mozambique

The National Steering Committee of MozDGM had its first meeting in Nampula in April 2017. Photo Credit: DGM Mozambique

The structure of MozDGM mirrors that of the other DGM projects, with a National Steering Committee (NSC) providing leadership and oversight and a National Executing Agency (NEA) implementing project activities. WWF Mozambique was selected as MozDGM’s NEA in August, and it will now be working in coordination with the NSC members to prepare for the project’s official launch, which will take place during the National Community-Based Natural Resource Management Conference in February 2018.

DGM Global congratulates the MozDGM team on this accomplishment and looks forward to an ongoing partnership in support of the project’s goals.


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IPLC Perspectives on COP23: Idrissa Zeba

Idrissa Zeba is the co-chair of the DGM Global Steering Committee, member of the National Steering Committee for Burkina Faso, and participant in the recent DGM Global Exchange and UNFCCC COP 23.

 Photo credit: Luis Barquin   Idrissa Zeba speaking about the DGM at a COP23 side event hosted by the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion. 

Photo credit: Luis Barquin 

Idrissa Zeba speaking about the DGM at a COP23 side event hosted by the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion. 

This is my 5th year participating in the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is promising to see many of the commitments made in Paris beginning to come to fruition. The Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples (LCIP) Platform, adopted during the Paris Agreement, has presented a space for indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) to have a continuing role in climate action, and this is particularly relevant to the work that we are trying to achieve through the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM). The DGM strives to place both finance and decision making related to the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) directly into the hands of IPLCs; these activities are happening at both the national and global level. In Burkina Faso, we are very informed and involved with national-level REDD+ activities and DGM plays a key role in implementing many of these priorities.

The LCIP Platform is a good opportunity for governments to reinforce their support for IPLCs at both the national and international level. For example, the facilitative dialogue can open the possibility of strengthening a country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and adapting to be more inclusive or incorporate aspects of traditional knowledge and indigenous knowledge systems and further engage different sectors of society to contribute to country increased ambition.

Special reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have advised that there are indeed synergies between indigenous peoples, local communities, land rights, and customary rights in relation to attaining the ambitions indicated in the NDCs that involve use of the land. These analyses further emphasize the need to better engage with groups dependent on natural resources on a day to day basis. At the international level, the LCIP Platform could create a space for indigenous peoples and local communities to contribute to the climate change policy negotiations. This aspect will be very important for the role that non-party stakeholders have in these discussions.

Burkina Faso places local communities at the heart of its climate action in general, and in the implementation of its NDCs in particular. This is why it supports the LCIP platform's adoption in the Paris Agreement and welcomes the related conclusions from COP23. I do think there are ways that the country can engage. This could take the form of having an IPLC representative as a focal point on the platform that sits on the Burkina Faso national committee supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement, or organizing a national workshop on the updates and status of the implementation of the Platform prior to COP. The platform is very connected to the work of the DGM, and it is important that the connection between DGM and NDCs is also recognized.

Overall, participating in international policy fora such as COP is a positive way for me to continue to be engaged and actively contributing to these conversations and share the mission and results of the DGM to a larger audience. I am proud to have attended COP23 as the co-chair of the Global Steering Committee and am grateful for the opportunity to have uplifted the voices of local communities and other groups marginalized by the impacts of climate change.


Written by Idrissa Zeba and Melanie Allen 

DGM Ghana holds 2nd NSC Training Meeting!

This past week, from November 27th to December 1st, The National Executing Agency (Solidaridad Network) for the Ghana Country Project held their 2nd National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting and technical training for DGM Field Officers and NSC Members. The training took place in the Noda Hotel in Kumasi, Ghana and welcomed 13 NSC members (11 men and 2 women) that came from different regions of Ghana. The training provided a space for the NSC members to express their questions and comments regarding the DGM grant manual, build towards consensus on the NSC governance structure, and discuss the roles and expectations of NSC members in the implementation of the DGM. The expected outcome of this training is that NSC’s will gain a better understanding of the NEA as a resource, community engagement and project facilitation at the community level, the procedure for project appraisals, and the progress and next steps for DGM Ghana. Furthermore, a portion of the training will be dedicated to training the NSC and opening the workshop for discussion on the value of gender inclusion in the DGM project, the national and international context and frameworks for climate change and REDD+, climate impact and vulnerability of local communities, and the DGM’s strategy for communication and training. Based off what they have learned from the training and discussions, the NSC members will then have the opportunity to use their time together to work collaboratively on designing new regional operational strategies for implementation. A more detailed update on the outcome of training will be made available next week. Stay tuned!

Agenda is attached. 

 Photo credit by Hayford Duodu 

Photo credit by Hayford Duodu 

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