The “Indigenous Peoples’ & Communities’ Pavilion: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Action” (Pavilion) at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech from 7-18 November 2016 will be located within the civil society ‘Innovations Zone,’ adjacent to the COP 22 Blue Zone negotiation space. The Innovations Zone will be accessible to the general public without the need for accreditation.
The purpose of the Pavilion is to facilitate the effective representation of indigenous peoples and communities by providing a dedicated gathering space to meet to coordinate on messaging and advocacy strategies; to convene events like presentations, policy dialogues, panel discussions, publication launches, etc. to advance discourse on indigenous peoples’ and communities’ solutions to climate change; and to be a center for learning and knowledge exchange on indigenous peoples’ and community issues in the climate context. The Pavilion will be a highly-visible platform for communicating and amplifying messages of indigenous peoples and communities during the COP 22 negotiations.
Here is a short video on the activities of Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion at COP 21 in Paris: https://youtu.be/U8saQzOX2LA
Proposals to the programming of this space are open to indigenous peoples, communities and partners (CSOs, NGOs, governments, multilaterals, etc.) from around the world to promote and exchange indigenous, local and traditional knowledge and management practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation among themselves and with the media and the general public.
There will also be an exhibition space for indigenous peoples and communities to showcase cultural practices, traditional knowledge, management practices and action against climate change.
The thematic focus of the Pavilion will be the contribution of indigenous and traditional knowledge, technologies, and management practices to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Pavilion will have a specific focus on the role of indigenous peoples and communities in managing natural resources and ecosystems (including tropical and dryland forests among others) in ways that demonstrate the potential of indigenous peoples and local communities to mitigate, adapt to and demonstrate resilience to climate change.
What services are available at the Pavilion?
The Pavilion offers space to host events, including seating arrangements and basic audio-visual set-up (screen, microphone, projector) as well as on-site technical support. Interpretation to English, Spanish and French will be provided.
A limited number of photographs will be selected for display in print. Other photographs, as well as photograph collections, exhibitions, films, and other displays will be accepted at the exhibitor’s expense and accommodated on a rotating basis.
Costs for event or exhibition materials, catering, marketing and other promotional materials, printing, and transport are the responsibility of organizers.
Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible and priority will be given to those received by 13 September 2016.
Read more about the Pavilion and how to apply for events/exhibitions here.