15th December, 2022

All Burma Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance – ABIPA as the representative body of the indigenous communities across Myanmar attended the CBD CoP15 event at Montreal, Canada between 5th to 12th of December.
The ABIPA team comprised of four members: Frankie Abreu Paul Sein Twa, Athong Makury and Eh Htee Wah left Chiang Mai, Thailand for Montreal, Canada on 4th December and arrived on 5th December. The team after the registration participated CBD CoP15 event along with side events and conducted a press conference. APIBA attended and conducted events under the title: Sharing Myanmar Issues with Others Indigenous Peoples’ Networks. The events ABIPA attended are:
• Dialogue on Indigenous and community leadership in conservation (6.12.2022)
• All Our Relation: Exploring the role of relationships, partnerships, and networks in supporting indigenous peoples and local communities (7.12.2022)
• Sharing the samples of ICCAs and the role of Indigenous People (8.12.2022)
• Women, Land and environmental defender (8.12.2022)
• Rangers for 30 by 30 perspectives on new needs and new approaches (9.12.2022)
• Conflict, Oppression and Indigenous Territories of Life: Local Solutions to Global Challenges in Burma (10.12.2022).
• Press Conference – Conflict, Oppression and Indigenous Territories of Life: Local Solutions to Global Challenges in Burma (12.12.2022).
• Meeting with Inter Pares and Global Affairs, Canada
• Networking with the Myanmar diaspora in Canada for future collective advocacy at the international platformt the ABIPA team with the aim of Building a Network among the Territories of Life attended the event
successfully and highlighted the situation of the indigenous communities across the country who have been for millennia taking care of one of the last remaining biodiversity hotspots in the world, their
role and contribution along with their identity have been denied by the successive governments in Myanmar. ABIPA also made known to the world that amid the already difficulties faced by the indigenous
communities in Myanmar, the Feb 1 military has worsened the situation further threatening their existing lives and future clouded with uncertainty. The ABIPA team attended the CBD CoP15 event with the following objectives:
• To highlight the situation of the Territories of Life in Myanmar before and after the coup
• To advocate the rights of the indigenous peoples in Myanmar
• To build a network with the indigenous peoples’ groups from all over the world
• To find ways and means to advance the advocacy initiatives of ABIPA for the indigenous peoples in Myanmar.

2022 UN CBD CoP15 event can be marked as a milestone for indigenous communities around the world. The Global Biodiversity Framework comes with a new language that says “the indigenous peoples as “the guardians of the biodiversity”. While this development is being appreciated, National Biodiversity Action Plans – NBSAPs targeting 30% of global biodiversity to be conserved by 2030 can also be seen as a huge threat to those indigenous peoples in countries like Myanmar where the indigenous peoples are not recognized and respected. It poses a serious concern that this target will become a global drive for land grab in the indigenous territories in the name of biodiversity conservation leading to the dispossession of land for the indigenous peoples and loss of biodiversity as a reverse effect.
At this juncture, ABIPA maintains that in order for the CBD’s Global Biodiversity Framework to be a success, it must work with indigenous people, biodiversity’s front-line defenders, and not against them.
As we conclude this, we call for:
1. Guaranteed protections for indigenous communities and their territories: Customary and Indigenous Rights have never been recognized at National Level in Burma. These rights must be enshrined in any future bottom-up Federal Myanmar. This is a key issue for IPs across Burma,
and a dire threat to the Globally Important Nature that we steward.
2. Sustainable access to and decision-making power over funding is a continuing concern. We need to shift the paradigm away from donor driven project and targets, and refocus on listening to
local community needs so that the vast pot of Global Climate and Conservation funding can be used effectively. To ensure the sustainability of community-driven projects like the SPP donors need to think long and hard about grant accessibility, including simplifying requirements and
ensuring fair access.
3. IP decision-making power is also important in International Legal Instruments like the CBD, where we continue to be denied any meaningful input. This leads to potentially disastrous
targets and mechanisms like 30 by 30 and OECMs, which rely on National Governments to decide whether they will recognize IP territories as beneficial or harmfulto Global Conservation. Burma
is a clear example that this is not enough.

Gallery Highlight Events of ABIPA at COP15

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