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June 27th, 2008
On the Frontlines of Climate Change

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PR – In response to the outcry over the continuing absence of
vulnerable groups from international debates on climate change,
UNESCO’s Coasts and Small Islands platform and Local and Indigenous
Knowledge Systems programme launched an Internet-based discussion forum
on 12 June.
The Frontlines forum will explore the experiences of rural or
indigenous communities living in small islands, the circumpolar Arctic,
high-altitude zones, low-lying coastal areas, tropical forests, desert
margins and other vulnerable environments. For many people, climate
change is a distant threat but, for these vulnerable communities, it is
already a reality. The forum is being launched in partnership with the
Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United
Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights.
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