Forest peoples meeting in Palangka Raya, central Kalimantan in Indonesia in March this year reported unrelenting loss of forests and serious threats to their rights and well-being. Listening to community representatives speak about battles they face to secure their lands and forests was a first-hand education about the real political economy of forests in different countries, as international, national and local interests compete to influence national law and policies and the fate of forests. The legacy of colonial forestry laws which brought community forests under state control and divesting forest peoples of their customary rights and management over forests, continues to fuel the on-going forest crisis.
Following an information sharing meeting of The Forests Dialogue hosted by Forests Peoples Programme and FERN in November 2013, five major pulp and paper companies have released information about their plans to develop Genetically Modified Trees (GMT).
The Sungai Utik Declaration was the outcome of young indigenous leaders training. The declaration was formed in a highly collaborative drafting process, which followed five days of deep reflection by over twenty young indigenous leaders from Indonesia and the Phillippines.
This is a case study on the Maï Ndombe REDD Project, which is financially supported by the German based company "Forest Carbon Group AG" through the local company ERA Carbon Offsets (now known as Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc.). The objective of the case study is to examine the implementation of this project especially in relation to the rights of indigenous and local communities to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the elaboration and implementation of project activities, in order to (i) help stakeholders in Germany better understand the situation with regard to the