Coalition announces $1.7 billion pledge for Indigenous communities at COP26

Tuesday 2 Nov 2021

A coalition of governments and private funders announced plans at COP26 Monday to invest $1.7 billion to aid Indigenous communities and protect biodiverse tropical forests in the next four years.

An indigenous young woman, Guatemala
An indigenous young woman walks along a bridge over the river that crosses the Cerro Azul village, which overflowing destroyed cardamom plantations, in Uspantan, Quiche department, Guatemala, on September 28, 2021. AFP

Governments from the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and 17 other private funders said the money will support ‘activities to secure, strengthen and protect Indigenous Peoples' and local communities' land and resource rights’, and provide other kinds of aid, including for group activities.

‘We call on other donors to significantly increase their support to this important agenda’, the donors said in a statement. It did not specify which communities would get the funding.

A spokesperson for The Ford Foundation, one of the funders, told The Associated Press the governments are providing approximately $1 billion, while the rest will come from the philanthropies. In addition to the Ford Foundation, funders include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Bezos Earth Fund and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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