This is an interview of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba and well-known leading indigenous leader, during the Doha Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. The interview was conducted by the Climate Change Studio, 29 November 2012.
In the interview, she gives an update on the REDD Plus negotiations, as co-Chair of the Contact Group on REDD of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technologicl Advice (SBSTA).
She then discusses the importance of recognizing and incorporating indigenous peoples' demands in the climate change negotiations -- as one of the most vulnerable to climate change and as providers of solutions to climate change. She reiterates the important role of indigenous peoples in managing and conserving forests and the need to look at forests, not as carbon, but as vital to humanity and indigenous peoples' survival -- providing vital ecosystem services, traditional livelihoods, cultural identity. She further explains the gains indigenous peoples has achieved so far in the climate change agreements from Copenhagen to Durban.