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Call for Experts: Review of Standards for Indigenous Community Consultation

The Higher Ground Foundation (HGF) is completing external expert validation of its Vulnerably Reduction Credit (VRC™) Standard Framework that serves as a means of evaluating and crediting climate change adaptation projects. The Higher Ground Foundation’s Framework will give both proposing organizations and potential funders a more standardized approach to considering the expected results of adaptation measures and offers opportunities for a results-based means of financing projects.

Given the IPCC has recognized indigenous peoples as particularly vulnerable to climate change, standards for engagement with indigenous peoples is also needed. Therefore, the Higher Ground Foundation is launching the Standards for Indigenous Community Consultation initiative – meant to supplement the VRC Framework and take into consideration the specific circumstances and ways indigenous peoples engage internally and with the non-indigenous.

Climate adaptation projects in indigenous communities will be challenged on several fronts: policy gaps between state planning and indigenous community habitats, supporting indigenous and biological diversity, and accelerated regional climate impacts.

The Higher Ground Foundation is looking for professionals to voluntarily review, comment, and provide additional inputs to what we anticipate will be an approximately four to seven-page document. Specifically, we are looking for expertise in the following areas:

1. Indigenous community adaptation to flooding, drought, tropical storms, glacier / ice melt, and or fire.

2. Regional expertise in development and or climate adaptation with indigenous peoples in Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, or the Arctic.

3. International or regional indigenous rights and climate policy.

If you are interested in contributing to this voluntary effort, please indicate your area of expertise and contact Blake Gentry, Standards Coordinator, at [email protected]

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