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Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim        

Advocate for the Inclusion of Indigenous People in the Fight Against Climate Change

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim advocates for the wider inclusion of indigenous people, knowledge, and traditions in the global movement to fight the effects of climate change.

Ibrahim is a member of the Mbororo people in Chad, who face a dire situation: Lake Chad, a water source for 40 million people, has lost 90 percent of its surface area in 40 years, sparking conflicts along its shoreline. Ibrahim began the first major dialogue among the area's numerous communities and, together they are mapping the environmentally fragile region to conserve its precious resources.

She is a coordinator of the Peul Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad, a co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, and a member of the executive committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC). She is also CSO panel member of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, a policy board member of the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership, a member of Reseau Climat & Development and REDD+ RPP Chad national committees, and a co-chair of the Pan-African Alliance Climate Justice.

She has organized several international workshops in Chad focused on both science and traditional knowledge, and recently conducted a 3D participatory mapping project with UNESCO, IPACC, CTA, CI, and the government of Chad. She also successfully organized indigenous peoples to negotiate at the Paris Agreement for climate change. She works in French, English, Arabic, and her mother tongue, Fulfulde.

Ibrahim's work with indigenous communities at the local, regional and international level gives a voice to the voiceless, forcing governments and the private sector to listen. Her advocacy for indigenous interests has won her numerous honors, including an appointment as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador.


An Indigenous Leader from Chad Shares Climate Lessons | Time

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, from the Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad, has spent a decade trying to get international policy on climate change to consider ...

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