In Suriname, South America, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples (9 August) is traditionally celebrated in the palm garden in the capital, Paramaribo. People from all tribes gather here, and sell their foods and handicrafts.
In a new report, the IPCC recognises for the first time that to save forests and fight climate change we must protect community Land Rights.
As a small child, Daniel Dindo learned how to travel deep into the rainforest of Cameroon and climb trees to collect honey without harming the bees or damaging their hive. Now, the land where he continues to practice this traditional harvest has been declared a protected area, and Daniel wonders what this will mean for the future of his village and his indigenous Baka culture.
WWF, the World Bank and the Government of Cameroon have hailed the Ngoyla Wildlife Reserve in Cameroon as a success for conservation.
On July 23 and 24, under the canopy of the Nomedjo community forest, the Gbabandi Platform came together for its second General Assembly. Gbabandi comprises eight indigenous organisations, and over 100 Baka and Bagyeli attended the meeting, travelling from across Cameroon's forests.
Acting in response to statements from the Brazilian President, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the lands of the indigenous Yanomami peoples in the Amazon basin.
The long-awaited European Commission Communication on deforestation opens the door for regulation of EU commodity supply chains, in order to protect and restore the world’s forests. On the downside, the Communication lacks the ambition and additional actionable commitments required to tackle the global forest and climate crisis. We share our views.
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.
Just weeks after a grenade was hurled into a community gathering on May 4 2019, Colombia’s Afro-descendant leaders have once again been threatened.
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.
Local Biodiversity Outlooks are an opportunity for all organisations and networks of indigenous peoples’ and local communities working on biodiversity issues to showcase their work.
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.
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.
In June 2019, environmental and human rights defenders are speaking at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn to look at how we can address the growing threats of violence and criminalisation of indigenous peoples and defenders as they fight for the survival of their forests, territories and communities.
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.
The global sustainable palm oil body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has definitively rejected a formal complaint brought against one of its members, Peru’s largest consumer goods company, Alicorp S.A.A., for sourcing palm oil produced on a plantation which the RSPO itself has previously condemned.
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.