Around the globe, the indigenous peoples are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change, due to their dependence upon, and close relationship with, the environment and its resources. Climate change exacerbates the difficulties already faced by indigenous communities, including political and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination and unemployment. Against this backdrop, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity” (BIPNet-CCBD) came into being in a seminar organized by Maleya Foundation in Dhaka on 14 November 2009. There are some 18 organizations of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh that are members of this network: BIPNet-CCBD.
The Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet-CCBD) was founded in 2009 by a group of concerned indigenous organizations of the Bangladesh (Chittagong Hill Tracts and Plain Land). The Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet-CCBD) was established to sharing Climate Change and Biodiversity, such as rural communities, local NGOs, community-based organizations, people’s organizations and mass-based organizations, among others.
Maleya Foundation is the secretariat of this network. In recognition of its commitment to the campaign of climate change, BIPNet-CCBD, within a short span of time after its inception, was granted full membership to the IPCCSD (Indigenous Peoples' Global Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development) in 2010.