FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples’ Role in Climate Change Adaptation

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

“Many live in vulnerable environments and are among the

first to identify and suffer the effects of climate change. Indigenous peoples

can play a critical role in adapting to these impacts, as they hold unique

knowledge and skills, and their territories contain approximately 80% of the

world's remaining biodiversity,” she said. Recognizing the importance of land rights

for indigenous peoples' livelihoods, FAO has developed activities aimed to

improve their tenure security in sub-Saharan Africa and has documented good

practices in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. [FAO press

release, 8 August 2008]