Working to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures, the Director role gives the successful candidate an opportunity to provide strategic and operational leadership to a pre-eminent human rights organisation.
Supporting forest peoples' rights
Forest Peoples Programme supports the rights of peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods. We work to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.
In the territory of the Shipibo people of the Peruvian Amazon, the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya are facing the devastation of their ancestral forests and rivers.
Kenya Forest Service guards (KFS) have been continuing to harass and evict Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral lands at Embobut. Meanwhile the Sengwer return when evicted, and continue to live there, now in makeshift homes.
The rapid growth in palm oil production to feed global demands for edible oils and biofuels is causing serious social and environmental problems yet plantations are set to double their extent in the next 20 years.