Contesting Indigenous Rights Against Climate Change Policies

Date/Time: 25 August 2022, 17:15-18:15
Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom

Climate change mitigation and adaptation policies – such as development of energy sources to replace fossil fuels – are almost invariably land-demanding. And hydroelectric dams and windmill parks are often constructed on land belonging to and used by indigenous peoples, resulting in conflicts where indigenous peoples’ land rights are challenged by states, who have the right – and obligation – to expropriate land in the public interest, and who often operate in tandem with corporate interests. From India to the Amazon, there are myriad such conflicts – and in Norway the State recently lost a case in the Supreme Court to reindeer herders over windmills on their grazing lands. This roundtable discusses how conflicts concerning indigenous rights and climate-related projects are negotiated in different legal and social contexts.

Participants: Rachel Sieder (Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology – CIESAS), Tatiana Alfonso (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – ITAM), Jackie Dugard (Columbia University / Witwatersrand University), Mugdha Mohapatra (Land Rights Initiative) 
Moderator: Namita Wahi (Centre for Policy Research) 

This Roundtable is part of the CMI/LawTransform project PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes (RCN grant 2020–25)