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Indigenous Peoples Policy

Indigenous Peoples Policy

Indigenous peoples are unique and a distinct stakeholder of GCF. The rights of indigenous peoples are affirmed by international human rights instruments, including binding treaties and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Indigenous peoples have invaluable and critical contributions to make to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Yet they are also facing serious threats to the realisation of their rights from climate change actions.

The GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy recognises that indigenous peoples often have identities and aspirations that are distinct from mainstream groups in national societies and are disadvantaged by traditional models of mitigation, adaptation and development. In many instances, they are among the most economically marginalised and vulnerable segments of the population. The economic, social and legal status of indigenous peoples frequently limit their capacity to defend their rights to, and interests in, land, territories and natural and cultural resources, and may restrict their ability to participate in and benefit from development initiatives and climate change actions. In many cases, they do not receive equitable access to project benefits, or benefits are not devised or delivered in a form that is culturally appropriate, and they are not always adequately consulted about the design or implementation of activities that would profoundly affect their lives or communities.

This document captures the policy as adopted by the Board in decision B.19/11. The policy was sent to the Board for consideration at B.19 in document GCF/B.19/05 titled “GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy”.

All decisions and documents adopted at B.19 can be found in document GCF/B.19/43 titled “Decisions of the Board – nineteenth meeting of the Board, 26 February – 1 March 2018”.

Cover date
01 March 2018
Ref. number
GCF policy
Document type
GCF policy
Table of contents
  • Introduction and rationale
  • Definitions
  • Policy objectives
  • Scope of application
  • Guiding principles
  • Overview of roles and responsibilities
  • Requirements
  • Implementation
  • Effective date and review