Funding for Indigenous Communities is not Enough
Somewhere between one and 17% of funds, really, of climate funds get to communities. So it really depends how you measure it. There have been studies that say 1%, others 17%. So, again, depending on how you measure it, but nonetheless, even if it’s 17%, it’s not enough. When we consider the tremendous contribution that Indigenous people to local communities have to keep the forests that we all depend on.
I’ve been working many years at the forefront on villages throughout Brazil and elsewhere, and I am a testimony that there is not enough funding from the public funding as well as philanthropy funds.
Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities play a pivotal role in conserving the forests upon which we all depend, yet they receive only a minimal share of climate funds.
Why fund communities directly?
Communities are bringing solutions to the table and bridging the gap between multiple systems to repair what is broken. They are fighting back and building a brighter future. They are the fighters and the true stewards who can create change if they receive the much-needed support that is long overdue