Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

- Potential Governance Arrangements Under the Paris Agreement

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Local communities and indigenous peoples (LCIPs) have been involved in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1992. In 2015, the Paris Agreement introduced a new element to strengthen LCIPs efforts to address and respond to climate change – the LCIP Platform. This report develops potential options for making the LCIP Platform operational. A facilitative working group, an expert group or a dialogue platform could enable further exchange of knowledge, promote capacity building and enhance the engagement of local communities and indigenous peoples in the UNFCCC process. Proposals provided in this report were discussed at an informal meeting held in February 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The international meeting was attended by representatives of experts and negotiators involved in the development of the LCIP Platform.



Key considerations on the LCIP Platform

For this scoping paper, the main aspects to consider for the operationalization and thus also for the LCIP Platform’s governance are the functions that the LCIP Decision has specified (para. 6 LCIP Decision). Other important aspects are the principles put forward by the indigenous representatives. The COP recommends that the processes under the platform, including its operationalization take them into account (para. 8 LCIP Decision). Additional considerations include potential further implications of a decision on the LCIP Platform’s governance.


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