Paris, 26 November 2015 – The Wapichan people in Guyana, South America, have received the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in recognition of their prolonged efforts to legally secure their ancestral lands and conserve extensive rainforests and diverse wildlife habitats in the South Rupununi.
Paris, 26 de noviembre de 2015 – El pueblo Wapichan de Guyana, América del Sur, ha recibido el prestigioso Premio Ecuatorial del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en reconocimiento a sus esfuerzos prolongados para asegurar legalmente sus tierras ancestrales y conservar las extensas selvas tropicales y los diversos hábitats de vida silvestre en el Sur del Rupununi.
Paris, le 26 novembre 2015 – Le peuple wapichan au Guyana, Amérique du Sud, a reçu le prestigieux Prix Équateur du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) en reconnaissance de leur prolongés efforts pour sécuriser légalement leurs terres ancestrales et conserver les vastes forêts tropicales et les habitats fauniques dans le sud du Rupununi.
My name is Andres Noningo Sesen, I live in Puerto Galilea, a community in Northern Peruvian amazon. We are Wampis, one of the first peoples. Our ancestral lands cover over 1.3 million hectares of forest in the river basins of the Kanus (river Santiago) and Kanken (river Morona). We Wampis are a forest people, traditionally we lived in small groups, dispersed in the forest, hunting, fishing and gathering. It’s only recently that we have settled in large communities.
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The Wampis nation of the Peruvian Amazon declares the creation of the first autonomous indigenous government in Peru to defend the totality of their ancestral territory covering 1.3 million hectares of tropical forest.
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La Nación Wampis de la Amazonia Peruana, declara la conformación del primer gobierno autónomo indígena del Perú para defender la totalidad, de su territorio ancestral que abarca 1.3 millones de hectáreas de bosques tropicales.
The Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights is a worldwide campaign with the aim to double the area of land recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020.
In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.
“The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]
London, 18 November 2015: Washington Bolivar, an indigenous activist in Peru has received another sinister death threat in the immediate wake of his efforts to challenge the destruction of Amazon rainforest for timber extraction and conversion to oil palm.
In the course of the last month, human rights defender, Mr Bolivar received the following handwritten and explicit notes in quick succession:
Washington Bolívar, un activista indígena en el Perú ha recibido una nueva amenaza siniestra de muerte como consecuencia inmediata de sus esfuerzos para desafiar la destrucción de la selva amazónica para la extracción de madera y la conversión a la palma de aceite.
En el transcurso del mes pasado el Sr. Bolívar, defensor de los derechos humanos, recibió en sucesión varias notas explícitas escritas a mano:
"WASHINGTON… TE VAMOS A MATAR SI NOS SIGUES JODIENDO. LAS TIERRAS NO SON TUYAS. TU Y TU FAMILIA NO VIVIRAN. DEJANOS TRABAJAR SI NO QUIEREN MORIR TODOS…”
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Cameroonian authorities must stop the repression of environmental human rights defender according to an international coalition of six environmental and human rights organizations, which includes Greenpeace Africa, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), GRAIN, Fern, Oakland Institute and SAVE.
Puerto Princesa: 11th November 2015 - A recent fact-finding mission by regional human rights groups in the south-western island of Palawan, the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, has revealed a pattern of land grabs and forest destruction by palm oil companies, partly owned by Malaysian and Singaporean investors.
NGO letter to Calleja Crespo the newly appointed EU Director for the Environment. The letter highlights the most important forest-related items that should be addressed in DG Environment’s work plan for the coming months and years.
Participants at the World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers, WISER Baram 2015, hosted by the grassroots network SAVE Rivers collectively produced a declaration that acknowledges the widespread suffering and destruction caused by dams, and stresses the importance of obtaining Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities impacted by dam building.
A regional network of Asian human rights commissions and supportive NGOs has issued a strong statement supporting calls for a moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Philippines southern island of Palawan. The call came at the conclusion of a week of fact-finding trips and discussions of the 5th South East Asian Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness which was hosted by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the Coalition on Land Grabbing of the Philippines supported by the Forest Peoples Programme.
Indigenous Peoples' organisations raise concerns regarding the use of the terms “country ownership” and “multi-stakeholder engagement" ahead of Green Climate Fund meetings in Zambia, 2015. The letter is significant as it is the first official and widely supported position on the GCF expressed by Indigenous Peoples.
Read the full letter here
London, 2nd November 2015: Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, a leader of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon has travelled to a global forum in London on business, deforestation and human rights to highlight the destruction of his people’s traditional lands by an international agribusiness group and member of the RSPO (Round Table for Sustainable Palm oil), a global body that certifies that the production and trade of palm oil is sustainable and respects human rights.
[Londres, 2 de noviembre de 2015]: Robert Guimaraes Vásquez, un líder del pueblo indígena Shipibo-Konibo de la Amazonía peruana, ha viajado para participar en un foro mundial en Londres para tratar asuntos de negocios, deforestación y derechos humanos.
The Board of the Green Climate Fund must reject the applications for accreditation of both HSBC and Crédit Agricole. Their accreditation would pose serious reputational and moral risk to the GCF via the banks’