This tool helps you engage in the national process for combating climate change.

This tool focuses on land-use in relation to climate change. Our starting point for the design of the tool is that climate solutions MUST be grounded in rights, and be based on existing struggles for livelihoods, social justice, and gender equality. Control and management of land is becoming an ever-more critical social question in this time of changing climates.

As part of a United Nations treaty, all countries agreed to address climate change — to the best of the country’s abilities, in the ways that make the most sense for the country in question. Each country should prepare a ‘nationally determined contribution’ (NDC), strong enough to make a real difference for climate change.

The UN treaty now also includes basic rules about what should be included in an NDC and makes a few recommendations on how the NDC should be prepared. We call these basic rules the ‘Mandate from the Paris Agreement’.

To engage in the ‘NDC process’, it is important to  take stock of what citizens and people’s organizations can contribute: traditional knowledge, unique social perspectives, organizing capacity, and political power. Indigenous peoples and civil society organizations; universities and schools; religious orders and community groups – all can contribute to this process.

It’s also important to know what commitments and plans your government has already made about climate change and land use. We suggest a few things to look for that can help you.

Below are links to four pages to get you started.

Continue To Preparation Pages

Background on the Paris Agreement and about ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’

Materials from think-tanks, NGOs, and climate justice movements.

Information about your country’s climate policies, including NDCs already submitted.

Materials from Indigenous federations and support organizations.