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FPP E-Newsletter May 2014 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

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.