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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.

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Potential governance elements of an LCIP Platform

A set of several governance elements can be utilized to fulfill the functions of the LCIP Platform and to take into account the principles by the IIPFCC (table 1). These governance elements can include structural arrangements, such as a work programme or a body (in different variations), but also modalities of exchange that allow the work of these structures to be implemented and informed such as a website or meetings/workshops.

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