Forests play an essential role in our global ecosystem, and nearly twenty percent of the world's population depends on forests and forest products for their livelihoods. The Indigenous Peoples and local communities living within these forests are among their most important stewards, but they are often under-represented in policy-making and conservation efforts.

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) is an innovative program designed and led by these communities with the objective of increasing their role in climate action and sustainable forestry. The program includes pilot projects in thirteen countries, as well as a global project working to elevate the voices of these communities to regional and global scales.

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