Urgent action needed to halt the takeover of indigenous peoples’ lands for megaprojects in Indonesia

Urgent action is needed to halt the takeover of indigenous peoples’ lands for megaprojects in forested provinces like Kalimantan and Papua in Indonesia. The destruction of forests and rivers is undermining local indigenous livelihoods, and destroying ancestral lands. Between 40 and 70 million people in rural Indonesia depend on access to lands and resources, including water for drinking and sanitation, protected by customary laws.

Urge tomar medidas para detener la apropiación de tierras de pueblos indígenas de Indonesia para dedicarlas a megaproyectos

Urge tomar medidas para detener la apropiación de tierras de pueblos indígenas de provincias boscosas como Kalimatan y Papúa en Indonesia para dedicarlas a megaproyectos. La destrucción de bosques y ríos está socavando los medios de vida indígenas locales, y destruyendo tierras ancestrales. Entre 40 y 70 millones de personas que viven en zonas rurales de Indonesia dependen del acceso a tierras y recursos, por ejemplo el agua para beber y para el saneamiento, protegidos por leyes consuetudinarias.

Supply Chain Solutions for People and Forests

Delegates from the 'Closing the Gap' forum on human rights, deforestation and supply chains are visiting Paris to call on governments and companies to put in place strong rights protections for communities and their forests, and share a set of technical recommendation they have developed for achieving this.

Wilmar International implicated in police shooting of two farmers on oil palm estate

Indonesian NGOs have protested strongly to the Indonesian government authorities and RSPO about an incident they recorded on 18th December 2017, when police security forces shot and wounded two farmers. The shootings allegedly took place in one of Wilmar International’s oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.

Wilmar International implicada en un tiroteo de la policía contra dos campesinos en una plantación de palma de aceite

Varias ONG indonesias han protestado enérgicamente ante autoridades del Gobierno de Indonesia y la Mesa Redonda sobre el Aceite de Palma Sostenible (RSPO por sus siglas en inglés) por un incidente ocurrido el 18 de diciembre de 2017 en el que la policía disparó e hirió a dos campesinos. El presunto tiroteo se produjo en una de las plantaciones de palma de aceite que Wilmar International tiene en la provincia de Kalimantan Central, en la isla indonesia de Borneo.

The Maninjau Resolution

The Maninjau Resolution

28th January 2016

Wilmar’s broken promises: we want action not just pledges

The world’s largest palm oil trading company, Wilmar International Ltd. (F34.SI / WLIL.SI), promised ‘Zero Exploitation’ throughout its supply chain alongside its commitment to ‘Zero Deforestation’. As human rights workers and NGOs that support the rights of the indigenous peoples and local communities in Indonesia and internationally, we NGOs who assembled here near Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra on 26-28 January 2016, declare the following.

The Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

The Forest Peoples Programme and Indonesian partner organisations co-hosted an international workshop on deforestation and forest peoples' rights that resulted in the Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples.

The week-long event and Declaration represent important steps in indigenous and forest peoples' assertion of their rights and their central place in global, national and local efforts to tackle the continuing crisis of deforestation.

Looking Ahead: International workshop on Deforestation Drivers and the Rights of Forest Peoples, Indonesia

An international workshop organised by Forest Peoples Programme and Pusaka will bring together forest peoples, governments, NGOs, international agencies and forest scientists from Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America on 9 -14 March 2014 in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The aim of the workshop is to share lessons and generate recommendations on effective measures to stem deforestation, promote human rights and secure local livelihoods. 

De cara al futuro: taller internacional sobre los impulsores de la deforestación y los derechos de los pueblos de los bosques, Indonesia

Un taller internacional organizado por el Forest Peoples Programme y Pusaka reunirá a pueblos de los bosques, Gobiernos, ONG, organismos internacionales e científicos forestales de África, el sudeste de Asia y Latinoamérica del 9 al 14 de marzo de 2014 en Palangkaraya, Kalimantan Central, Indonesia.

La finalidad del taller es compartir lecciones y generar recomendaciones sobre medidas eficaces para contener la deforestación, promover los derechos humanos y asegurar los medios de vida locales.

The World Bank’s Palm Oil Policy

In 2011, the World Bank Group (WBG) adopted a Framework and Strategy for investment in the palm oil sector. The new approach was adopted on the instructions of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, after a damning audit by International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) semi-independent Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) had shown that IFC staff were financing the palm oil giant, Wilmar, without due diligence and contrary to the IFC’s Performance Standards. Wilmar is the world’s largest palm oil trader, supplying no less than 45% of globally traded palm oil. The audit, carried out in response to a series of detailed complaints[1] from Forest Peoples Programme and partners, vindicated many of our concerns that Wilmar was expanding its operations in Indonesia in violation of legal requirements, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards and IFC norms and procedures. Almost immediately after the audit was triggered, IFC divested itself of its numerous other palm oil investments in Southeast Asia.