In 2018, Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice declared under judgement STC 4360 that the Amazon Rainforest is a subject with rights that need to be respected. It ordered that the state must take measures at the local and national levels to protect these rights, defend the forest and combat climate change.
The development of community forests is gaining momentum in Central Africa. They can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities.
The situation of violence, discrimination and hate discourses against Forest Peoples Programme's indigenous, Afro-descendant and campesino partners in Colombia has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent months, despite the 2016 Peace Accords that won then president Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
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.
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.
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.
Les 23 et 24 juillet, sous le couvert de la forêt communautaire Nomedjo à Lomié, la plateforme Gbabandi s'est réunie pour sa deuxième Assemblée Générale. Gbabandi comprend actuellement huit organisations autochtones, et plus de 100 Baka et Bagyeli ont participés à cette réunion de deux jours, venant de différentes régions forestières du Cameroun.
The overall aim of this note is to gather perceptions held by local and indigenous communities currently managing, or setting up, community forests in Cameroon.
L’objectif général de cette note est de recueillir les perceptions des communautés locales et autochtones qui gèrent les forêts communautaires ou qui sont en phase de création des forêts communautaires, sur le processus de foresterie communautaire au Cameroun.
On top of a hill on the edge of the Northern Rift Valley in Kenya, the sun is warm but the air is fresh and cool. Moments ago, music of resistance filled the air as Sengwer women practiced traditional dance, song and solidarity.
For the Wampis Nation in the Peruvian Amazon, protecting their territory and living well go hand in hand with reclaiming and strengthening their own ancestral knowledge, wisdom, practices and customs.
A member of one of Cameroon’s Baka Communities in the Ngoyla Mintom area, talks about being driven out of his ancestral forests, and the issues his people face on a daily basis through lack of land rights and lack of access to food, medicine and education.
Un membre d'une des communautés baka du Cameroun dans la région de Ngoyla Mintom, parle d'être chassé de ses forêts ancestrales et des problèmes auxquels son peuple est confronté quotidiennement, à cause du manque de droits fonciers et du manque d'accès à la nourriture, médecine et éducation.
A Special Economic Zone in Chiang Khong, northern Thailand, could bring valuable investment into the area. But if it does go ahead, the wetland forests should be excluded to preserve the biodiversity of the local area, and to preserve the way of life of the local community.
In the first half of 2017, Forest Peoples Programme completed an internal rapid scoping of core lessons learnt by forest peoples and their allies in efforts to achieve sustainable livelihoods and self-determined development.
FPP has produced a new report presenting the outcomes of preliminary research on the practice of traditional occupations in indigenous and local communities. While the rapid assessment only provides sample insights (from 17 experts in 13 countries), it brings together unique and diverse stories, experiences and views on these occupations from a ground-level perspective.
The position paper of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group and their recommendation on indicators to monitor the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This document will be submitted to the meetings of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues (October 22-23) and the UN Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (October 27-28) leading towards the adoption of SDG indicators in March 2016.
Where They Stand details how Wapichan people in South America use modern technologies in the struggle to secure their land rights
The Wapichan people of Guyana are using modern technology and community research to seek legal recognition of their ancestral land in the face of aggressive land-grabbing, destructive logging, and poisonous mining by illegal miners and foreign companies, finds new report by internationally acclaimed science writer Fred Pearce.
“We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had forever, but we have not written them down until now."
« Nous n’avons jamais conservé. C’est notre mode de vie qui conserve. Ces règles coutumières que nous avons depuis toujours, mais que nous n’avions pas mis par écrit jusqu’à maintenant. » À la suite d’un intense processus communautaire de cartographie et de dialogue, les Ogiek du Mont Elgon, au Kenya, ont rédigé la version définitive de leurs règlements, qui commencent par ces mots :