We attended COP22 between the 9th-14th November with the intention of bringing greater emphasis upon the need to safeguard the essential ecosystems, which regulate the global water cycle and climate systems. We also felt that our ‘Sacred Groves and Green Corridors’ (SGGC) method, which is an innovative ecosystem restoration tool, could prove to be very useful for policy makers and on the ground implementation of conservation and restoration projects. We included this into our input at the UNFCCC NWP 10th Focal Point Forum.
We were able to talk with him about the present situation related to the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock, North Dakota, USA. We have been following this troubling story and have been very moved to hear that indigenous people from around the world have been standing together in Solidarity to the tribes of Standing Rock in their stand to protect the life giving waters of the great Missouri and Mississippi rivers and lake Oahe and all the land and life forms that would be damaged if the pipeline is allowed to go ahead and not rerouted.
We hope that this example of people from all around the world standing together for water and nature will inspire this to happen on a much larger scale for the sake of safeguarding the whole global water cycle and biodiversity.
(Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II)
Overall we felt that it was very worthwhile that we attended COP22 and we hope that we were able to have some influence and that we will keep in contact with and maybe work together with some of the delegates that it was our pleasure to meet throughout the event.