AIPP PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous Peoples Face Further Marginalization at ASEAN Civil Society Conference

Indigenous Peoples representing 15 organizations from six ASEAN countries and other support organizations under the banner of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force on ASEAN (IPTF-ASEAN) have expressed their disappointment and condemnation for not allowing them to hold a workshop to discuss Indigenous Peoples rights to land, territories and resources and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People at the venue of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cordaid partners' new publication - Biofuel Partnerships: from battleground to common ground? The effects of biofuel programs on smallholders' use of land and rights to land in four countries

This report includes a foreword by Marcus Colchester, Forest Peoples Programme, and focuses on the local experiences of smallholders, in different areas in four countries, related to the introduction of energy crop production and its effects on their land rights and land use. Click here to read the full report.

AIDESEP letter to FIP and FCPF highlighting their continued concerns with the National REDD strategy in Peru being financed by the World Bank

On the eve of the World Bank's Forest Investment Programme (FIP) joint mission to Peru and the meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Partcipants Commitee in Asuncion (PC 11), the national Indigenous Amazonian peoples federation of Peru (AIDESEP) have sent a letter to the FIP and FCPF informing them of their serious concerns regarding the development of the FIP strategy for Peru and the broader national REDD strategy.

Carta de AIDESEP al FIP y al FCPF que resalta sus preocupaciones constantes con el hecho de que la estrategia nacional de REDD en Perú está financiado por el Banco Mundial

En la víspera de la misión conjunta del Programa de Inversión para los Bosques del Banco Mundial ('FIP', por sus siglas en inglés) al Perú y la reunión del Comité de Participantes del Fondo Cooperativo para el Carbono de los Bosques (FCPF) (PC 11) en Asunción, la Organización Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas Amazonicos de Perú (AIDESEP) ha enviado una carta al FIP y al FCPF les informando de sus serias preocupaciones sobre el desarrollo de la estrategia del FIP para el Perú y la estrategia nacional más amplia de REDD. Sus preocupaciones incluyen la aparente falta de progresos en abordar los problemas relacionados con la tenencia de la tierra que aún persisten y la regulación de los proyectos piloto de REDD. La carta también destaca las cuestiones de procedimiento que incluyen la falta de participación de AIDESEP en la misión misma así como el fracaso en circular el mandato de la misión con una antelación de cuatro semanas tal como se estipula en las normas operacionales del FIP. Para leer la carta (en español) haga clíc aquí.

Sustainable Development Update: Building resilience through customary sustainable use of biodiversity

"Since almost a decade back, the Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio) and partners such as Forest Peoples ProgrammeTebtebba Foundation and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) have been working for strengthening governance in indigenous territories based on customary sustainable use. The work by SwedBio and partners was initiated by supporting good cases, including presenting them and describing the key factors for success behind. These pilot cases, covering a broad range of social ecological systems, have successively formed a base for building better international policies that adopt customary sustainable use (CSU) as a means for strengthened resilience of biological diversity and contribution to human wellbeing among indigenous peoples and local communities."

IISD: Indigenous Peoples Reiterate Rio+20 Messages

Article and photograph courtesy of IISD. See ENB on the Side, 21 March 2012 

Indigenous peoples reiterate their key messages for Rio +20 in a side event organized by Tebtebba and the Indigenous Information Network during the 3rd Intersessional Meeting for Rio +20 held in New York.This event, moderated by Karla General, Indian Law Resource Center, addressed key messages of the indigenous peoples for Rio+20.Joji Cariño, TEBTEBBA, supported the integration of a fourth cultural pillar of sustainable development in the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcomes document to encompass the values of indigenous peoples’ spirituality. She suggested: further integrating references to human rights for sustainable development; and respecting local economies, putting in place regulations to avoid land grabbing and predatory investments.