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How the Women of Indonesia Rose up Against Land Grabbing

Land conflicts impact both indigenous men and women, but the burden often falls disproportionately on the latter. As food producers, knowledge holders, caretakers, healers, and keepers of culture, loss of access to valuable natural resources means a loss of self-reliance for the women, causing not only physical displacement but also economic and social difficulties.

Shipibo community in the Peruvian Amazon call on UN to safeguard their forests from government sanctioned landgrab

Indigenous and human rights organisations in the Peruvian Amazon have filed a formal petition to the UN to appeal for urgent action to prevent the land grab and destruction of their lands. The action comes in response to the decision by the Regional Government of Ucayali to remove protections for 3.5 million hectares of Amazon rainforest and allow for the invasion of indigenous lands.

Comunidad Shipiba de la Amazonía peruana exige a las Naciones Unidas proteger su territorio amazónico de una apropiación de tierras autorizada por el gobierno

Varias organizaciones indígenas y de derechos humanos de la Amazonía peruana han presentado una petición formal a las Naciones Unidas que solicita acción urgente para detener la apropiación y destrucción de sus tierras. Esta acción surge en respuesta a la decisión del Gobierno Regional de retirar protecciones legales de 3,5 millones de hectáreas de selva amazónica.

Peruvian authorities to remove protection for over 100,000ha of forest and indigenous lands

Regional authorities in Ucayali, Peru are to issue an order which will remove protections for over 100,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest, opening it up to settlers and allowing for the invasion of indigenous lands. The affected forests have previously been declared as “Permanent Production Forests” (BPP), meaning they enjoy a high degree of legal protection from deforestation.

“We can’t see the wood for the trees” – the worrying reality of conservation in Peru, and a way to improve it

Peru’s approach to conservation and natural resources is discriminatory and violates the human rights of indigenous peoples. Rather than marginalising these peoples, who have a long and varied history of conservation, conservation actors must recognise their enormous contribution to Peru’s natural heritage, and ally themselves with these communities against the true enemies of nature.

A Collective Response for Territory and Life

Indigenous communities very often face territorial threats which call for an agile response to avoid them escalating. In this second post of a two-part series, Miluska Elguera, who works alongside Kichwa communities in San Martin, Peru, shares how an innovative Early Response Fund mechanism is supporting grassroots responses to territorial conflicts.

Una respuesta colectiva por el territorio y la vida

Muchas veces, las comunidades indígenas en la Amazonía peruana enfrentan amenazas territoriales que requieren una respuesta ágil para evitar que se intensifiquen. Miluska Elguera, que acompaña las comunidades kichwa en San Martín, Perú, describe un mecanismo innovador, el Fondo de Respuesta Temprano, para apoyar respuestas desde abajo a los conflictos territoriales.

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: la Mesa Redonda sobre el Aceite de Palma Sostenible se niega a frenar violaciones de derechos humanos y deforestación en cadena de suministro de Alicorp en la Amazonía peruana

La Mesa Redonda sobre el Aceite de Palma Sostenible ha rechazado definitivamente una queja formal en contra de Alicorp S.A.A., la empresa de bienes de consumo más grande del Perú y miembro de esa organización, por obtener aceite de palma de una plantación que ya fue condenada por la misma RSPO.

Sovereigns of the Forest: a Dialogue Between the Territory and the Word

In the first of a two-part blog series, Forest Peoples Programme staff member Miluska Elguera, who supports Kichwa indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon, shares two approaches which have proven important in supporting and strengthening indigenous peoples’ defence of their territories and forests.

Soberanos del bosque: Una memoria dialogante entre el monte y la palabra

En el primer capitulo de un blog en dos partes, la miembro del equipo de Forest Peoples Programme, Miluska Elguera, quien acompaña las luchas de las comunidades indígenas Kichwa en la Amazonía peruana, comparte dos herramientas que han resultado importantes al apoyar y fortalecer la defensa de los pueblos indígenas de sus territorios y bosques.

Challenges and opportunities in the adoption of community forestry in RoC

In the absence of a land tenure system establishing clear collective ownership rights, community forestry now appears to be the most efficient option to secure customary land tenure in Congo. However, despite the opportunities that community forestry offers for IPLCs to secure customary land rights and improve their livelihoods, a number or constraints and challenges persist in relation to land tenure insecurity and overlapping.

Défis et perspectives liés à l’appropriation de la foresterie communautaire en RoC

En l’absence d’un régime foncier qui établit des droits de propriété collective suffisamment clairs, la foresterie communautaire apparait actuellement comme l’option la plus efficace pour sécuriser les droits de tenure foncière coutumière au Congo. Mais dépit des opportunités offertes par la foresterie communautaire aux CLPA pour la sécurisation des droits fonciers coutumiers et l’amélioration des moyens de subsistance, plusieurs défis et contraintes liés à la précarité des régimes fonciers ainsi qu’à la superposition des tenures foncières subsistent.