MOP19 – CBFP : REPALEAC to mobilize $100 million for forest and land rights of indigenous peoples in Central Africa.
6/7/2022 - During a side event organised on the sidelines of the 19th Meeting of the Parties of the CBFP in Libreville, the Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities of Central Africa (REPALEAC) presented its strategy to mobilise 100 million US dollars for recognition and securing of land and forest rights of the indigenous and local communities it represents. This financing is part of the Glasgow 1.7 billion pledge for PACL land tenure rights.
In his speech, Joseph ITONGWA, REPALEAC’s regional coordinator, reiterated that the PACLs of Central Africa are the first guardians of this vast forest, which they have been protecting for generations, thus contributing to the survival of the entire planet.
Side event REPALEAC
In this light, the REPALEAC Regional Coordinator called for a paradigm shift in the granting of Glasgow finances and urged the 22 committed donors to ensure that the 1.7 billion pledge actually reaches the target populations. Guided by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other relevant instruments on the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, he also stressed the importance of a transparent and inclusive mechanism type for granting these finances. This side-event was an opportunity for REPALEAC to present the guidelines of its action programme to promote land and forest rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in Central Africa, which is currently being developed with the technical support of the GIZ Regional Support Project for COMIFAC.
Repaleac meeting with Philippe Locoste
Likewise, earlier in the day, the REPALEAC delegation met with Mr. Philip Lacoste, Director of Sustainable Development at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. This meeting was an indication of future close collaboration between France and the indigenous peoples of Central Africa.
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