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Indigenous voices on climate change film festival (2009)

IndigenousVoicesFilmFestival
Indigenous voices on climate change film festival (2009)
Video-brief for United Nations University COP15 Side event, National Museum of Denmark (9-13th Dec 2009)
Producer/Facilitator, Presenter
5 days festival & online site

As a part of our contribution to a robust discussion at the COP15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen, the United Nations University has been working hard with partners to organize the Indigenous Voices on Climate Change film festival at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen (4pm-6pm, 9th-13th December,2009). This festival includes a collection of compelling stories from indigenous communities across the world highlighting on-the-ground local evidence of the real impacts of, and adaptations to climate change, right now. (more…)

REDD+ Traditional Knowledge and Climate science video series (2012)

Traditional Knowledge and Climate science video series
United Nations University & MacArthur Foundation
(featured on National Geographic)
Producer/Director/ editor
3 X 10 mins + web story

Over US$5bn has been committed to REDD Projects in the last few years and promises of many more billions have been made. As of September 2011, the main global REDD database had 480 registered projects in 36 countries amounting to $3.35bn. The vast majority of these projects are on Indigenous lands and/or territories. The scale of the REDD experiment, combined with the lack of relevant experience with REDD+ projects, has meant that projects have confronted considerable problems and delays. A recent global review of REDD+ projects noted that they face many challenges, including: criteria for sustainable forest management, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, local tenure arrangements, permanence and baseline issues that can be effectively addressed only if local communities are able to properly participate in the REDD+ projects. The review also found that despite widespread recognition that local ownership is key to REDD+ success, the scope and intensity of their participation has not always been adequate and often there is lack of clarity about their role in implementation.

Read full UN report, download this video and find other multi-lingual resources here:
www.unutki.org/climate

Energy Innovation and Traditional Knowledge (2012)

Energy Sovereignty – Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science video series
United Nations University & MacArthur Foundation (Special mention – Think forward FF 2013)

Featured on Energy Bulletin, National Geographic
Producer/Director/ editor
3 X 10 mins + web story
In addition to being owners of large carbon sinks, Indigenous Peoples and local communities are also actively participating in various other important mitigation activities such as producing renewable energies in their territories (wind, small hydropower and geothermal), and resource management projects that reduce pressure on natural resources and enhance local adaptive capacity. For example, in the United States, Indian tribal lands cover only 5% of land area but have the potential for about 535 billion kWh/year of wind energy which is equivalent to 14% of current U.S. total annual energy generation. In the Arctic, Indigenous peoples potentially have access to immense renewable energy resources – particularly wind and water – which are being explored as potential energy sources for the US and Canada.35 And the World Bank is currently financing major initiatives to scale up concentrate solar power in communities in the Middle East and North Africa. Emissions from developing countries are projected to increase substantially in the coming years. Energy decisions made by Indigenous peoples could therefore have a large influence on efforts to limit total global emissions. Indigenous and local peoples are participating in various important Clean Development Mechanism(CDM) projects.

Read full UN report, download this video and find other multi-lingual resources here:
www.unutki.org/climate

Screening at the “Think Forward Film Festival” in Venice, Italy (Nov 30-Dec 1, 2012)
http://thinkforwardfestival.it/home-en