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FPP E-Newsletter February 2014 (PDF Version)

Dear friends,

The UN General Assembly during its 69th session, on 22-23 September  this year, will convene a high-level plenary meeting - the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples  – to review the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) since its adoption in 2007, and to identify outstanding issues and actions pertaining to indigenous peoples and development.

New publication by CED: A Simplified Guide to Forest Monitoring for Local Communities

The Centre for the Environment and for Development (CED) has published a new guide on forest monitoring for use by local communities. The aim of the guide is to inform and raise awareness of the benefits of forest monitoring by communities, and to present the main methods and necesssary tools to ensure good forest governance. It is intended to provide local forest communities with the necessary skills and tools to effectively identify and denounce activities of illegal forest exploitation taking place around them.

Guide simplifié d’observation externe des forêts à l’usage des communautés

Le Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED) a publié un nouveau guide sur la observation externe des forêts à l’usage des communautés. Il vise à informer et sensibiliser sur le bien-fondé de la surveillance de la forêt par les communautés et présenter les principales mesures et les outils nécessaires pour assurer une bonne surveillance de la forêt. 

En somme, il s'agit de fournir aux communautés les préalables pour identifier et dénoncer de manière efficace les activités d'exploitation forestière illégale qui se déroulent autour d'aux. 

The Ngoyla-Mintom forest in Cameroon: The perspective of the Baka

Ngoyla-Mintom is a forested mountainous region which derives its name from two districts in two regions of Cameroon: Ngoyla in the Eastern Region and Mintom in the Southern Region. This rainforest has gained fame through being targeted for various purposes by different actors, including the Cameroon government, private companies and the international community. In recent months, Ngoyla-Mintom has gained the reputation of being a previously unexploited forest bloc, which has very rapidly aroused the interest of Cameroon’s Ministry of Forestry who are interested in selling parts of the forest at auction to private logging companies.

Ngoyla-Mintom : Bilan et perspectives

A titre de rappel, Ngoyla-Mintom est un massif forestier qui doit son nom à deux arrondissements situés dans deux régions du Cameroun: Ngoyla dans la région de l’Est et Mintom dans celle du Sud. Ce massif forestier est devenu célèbre en raison des objectifs lui ayant été assigné par différents acteurs parmi lesquels figurent le gouvernement camerounais, les entreprises privées et la communauté internationale. Depuis quelques mois, Ngoyla-Mintom maintenait  la réputation d’être un bloc forestier jamais auparavant cédé à l’exploitation forestière, ce qui a très vite attisé l’intérêt d’un Etat forestier (un état qui s’investit dans l’exploitation forestière) par l’entremise de son ministère des forêts afin d’être vendu aux enchères à des compagnies privées d’exploitation forestière.

FPP E-Newsletter February 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

Whenever someone remarks that a solution is being frustrated by ‘lack of political will’, I automatically ask myself: whose is the political will and what are the interests pushing for the opposite? 

Bulletin d'information FPP Février 2013 (PDF Version)

Chers amis, 

Chaque fois que quelqu’un observe qu'une solution est contrecarrée par un « manque de volonté politique », je me demande systématiquement : de quelle volonté politique s’agit-il et quels sont les intérêts qui agissent en faveur du contraire ? 

Synthesis Paper - 10(c) Case Studies

Synthesis Paper - Customary sustainable use of biodiversity by indigenous peoples and local communities: Examples, challenges, community initiatives and recommendations relating to CBD Article 10(c)

A Synthesis Paper based on Case Studies from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Suriname and Thailand.

Press Release - Baka and Bagyeli forest communities at the Green & Black's Rainforest Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, London

"We are excited about this garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. It provides a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness among the wider public about the many challenges facing African forest peoples. These include discrimination and violation of their rights, the impact of industrial expansion and deforestation, and the loss of access to forest biodiversity upon which communities rely."

Protecting and encouraging customary use of biological resources by the Baka in the west of the Dja Biosphere Reserve - Cameroon 10(c) Case Study

Contribution to the implementation of Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Four Baka communities mapped their use of their forests using GIS. These maps, together with an outline of the local administrative and socio-political structures and a record of Baka beliefs and rituals, identify the tension between communities’ customary forest use and conservation objectives. This report aims to help improve implementation of the CBD in Cameroon.