FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

Laporan Forest Peoples Programme dan mitra kerja dari Thailand dan Kenya dalam Kongres Konservasi Dunia IUCN Ke-5

Dengan bantuan pendanaan dari Rights and Resources Intiative (RRI) dan IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) mendukung mitra dari Thailand dan Kenya untuk menghadiri Kongres Konservasi Dunia (WCC5) IUCN Ke-5 tanggal  6-15 September di Jeju,  Korea Selatan. Fred Kibelio Ngeywo (Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples' Development Project, CIPDP, dan dari komunitas Ogiek di Gunung Elgon, Kenya), Udom Charoenniyomphrai (Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association, IMPECT), Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri (Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment in Thaliand) dan Michael Kipkeu (Kenya Wildlife Service) turut serta dalam mendukung gerakan-gerakan kunci (laporannya dibawah), dan mempresentasikan Mekanisme Whakatane yang berupaya "untuk mengatasi dan mengganti rugi ketidakadilan historis dan ketidakadilan saat ini terhadap masyarakat adat atas nama konservasi alam dan sumber daya alam".[1] Tim FPP juga menghadiri lokakarya kunci tentang Situs Warisan Dunia dan sejumlah acara pendamping (side events).

Views of FPP partners on Rio+20 summit

Forest Peoples Programme and a delegation of indigenous peoples’ leaders from Guyana, Suriname, Peru, Panama and Kenya attended the Rio+20 Indigenous Peoples’ International Conference on Self-Sustainable Development and Self-Determination from 17-19 June and the formal Rio+20 intergovernmental meeting from 20-22 June 2012.

Press Release: Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes

As government representatives start formal negotiations in Brazil to seek agreements on so-called ‘green economy’ policies and to assess progress in fulfilling commitments on environment and development made at the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago, indigenous peoples from all over the world have come together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals.

Help the Ogiek to regain their ancestral lands at Chepkitale, Mount Elgon in Kenya - Request for Donations

The Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, are on the verge of reaching a legal agreement that will have their ancestral lands returned to them. However, they urgently need financial help (around £5,000) in order to make these last steps possible. This is an extraordinary opportunity for them to regain their land and continue their sustainable livelihoods, an extraordinary opportunity for them to gain legal recognition so that they are no longer threatened with eviction.

Durban COP 17: UNFCCC fudges decision on climate finance and makes little progress on REDD+ safeguard implementation

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at their recent COP17 did not support performance indicators for reporting on the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights in REDD+. However, they did recognise that REDD+ benefits have to go beyond carbon to include biodiversity conservation and support for local livelihoods.

Forest Peoples Programme, with a delegation of indigenous peoples from Guyana, Kenya, Cameroon, Suriname and Peru, attended preparatory negotiations and the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, in late November/early December 2011. The main purpose of FPP’s attendance was to support the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and closely follow negotiations on REDD+ safeguards and finance.