Environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo People, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim began advocating for Indigenous Peoples rights and environmental protection at age 12, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to protect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples and the environment. She introduce new income revenue activities for women and collaborative tools such as 2D and 3D participatory mapping to protect land rights and build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts. Her vision is to grow support for Indigenous Peoples traditional knowledge, technologies and science to improve resilience and adaptation to climate change and to protect biodiversity, especially for Indigenous communities.
She is a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and served as co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change at the historic UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. She spook at the signature of the Paris Agreement at UNGA and briefed 3 times UN Security Council on climate change, land degradation and World’s Insecurity. She served as cochair of the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP. She is dedicated to the protection of all Indigenous Peoples, from the Congo to the Arctic, and their wisdom and value of their knowledge in the fight against climate change. She advances environmental protection for Indigenous peoples by participating in international policy dialogues held around the three Rio Conventions; Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biodiversity (CBD), and Desertification (UNCCD) pressuring governments to recognize land rights of Indigenous peoples and advance their solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation.
Currently co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) for COP27 in Africa Egypt and COP28 in Asia UAE. UNPFII expert member and Vice-Chair nominated by African Indigenous Peoples organizations.
Ibrahim’s work with indigenous communities at the local and global level has achieved broad recognition and support including, The Diane Von Furstenberg DVF, the Rolex enterprise award 2021; the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award; Riverdale Country School’s 2021 Jolli Humanitarian Award featuring a building named after her. the 2020 Refugee International’s Refugees International Holbrooke Award; the Daniel Mitterrand Prize; appointment as a UN SDG Advocate; Conservation International Board Member and Senior Advisor; Member of the EAT Advisory Board; named Ambassador of the EDEN Project and National Geographic Explorer. She was recognized by BBC as a top 100 women leader and by TIME’s Women Leaders in Climate Change. Recognized by African media AkoyaAfrica 100 women leader. Her Speak during One Forest Summit and her TED talk on Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge meets science to solve climate change has surpassed more than 1 million views.