Climate-related conflict: arts-based mediation and recourse to redress

The One Ocean Hub, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, and the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) of the Green Climate Fund are organizing a joint COP-26 side event on ensuring sustainability and accountability of climate mitigation and adaptation projects.

Conflict art event

This event will begin with a short animated film, Indlela yokuphila, produced by the Empatheatre team of the One Ocean Hub in association with Shells & Spells.
Indlela Yokuphila” which is isiZulu for “the soul’s journey” is a transdisciplinary and trans-epistemological project which brought together a range of artists, traditional healers, marine sociologists and deep sea marine ecologists to collaborate on a more holistic biocultural alternative to ocean mapping and decision making. In the isiZulu traditional ancestral belief, the deep sea is the resting place of our ancestors, and after death the soul travels from the land, through streams, rivers, estuaries and eventually into the sea.

The discussion then broadens to distill relevant lessons learnt for innovative approaches to inclusivity, human rights protection and non-discrimination in climate mitigation and adaptation projects. Although development projects are well intended, there can still be unexpected outcomes, which is why the presence and the effective operation of grievance redress mechanisms are essential. The IRM’s work will be presented around the eight UN Guiding Principles and the different avenues through which the IRM provides recourse to complaints arising from GCF projects and programmes. Additionally, the One Ocean Hub will present research data and findings on how to use art-based mediation in climate-related conflict between government and communities and the role of small-scale fishers as human rights defenders.

Find out more and register for the webinar or in-person event.

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