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Respecting Rights? Assessing Oil Palm Companies’ Compliance with FPIC Obligations: A case study of EPO and KLK LIBINC Estate in Grand Bassa, Liberia

This review is the result of several years of fieldwork by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), and is the first step of a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) funded project that examines putting into practice in Liberia the FAO Technical Guide entitled ‘Respecting free, prior and informed consent, Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition’.

Respecting Rights? Assessing Oil Palm Companies’ Compliance with FPIC Obligations: A case study of Maryland Oil Palm Plantation in south-eastern Liberia

This review is the result of several years of fieldwork by the Liberian civil society organisation Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev), in partnership with the UK-based Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and is part of a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) funded project that examines putting into practice in Liberia the FAO Technical Guide entitled ‘Respecting free, prior and informed consent, Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition’.

Is carbon funding hurting forest peoples? Evidence from Madagascar

The Paris Agreement of December 2015 encourages countries “…to take action to implement and support, including through results-based payments…activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation” (Article 5)  as a key policy instrument for climate change mitigation. The Agreement also acknowledges the need to respect human rights in all climate actions. In principle, new investment in protected areas and REDD+ projects, by the World Bank and other international donors, are tied to strong social safeguards. These should be designed to ensure that a project does no harm and respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. At present, UN climate change convention safeguards go further and require carbon funding to provide additional social and ‘non-carbon’ benefits, though World Bank safeguards still fall short of this.

Le financement du carbone nuit-il aux peuples de la forêt ? Témoignages de Madagascar

L’Accord de Paris de décembre 2015 encourage les pays « …à prendre des mesures pour appliquer et étayer, notamment par des versements liés aux résultats, …les activités liées à la réduction des émissions résultant du déboisement et de la dégradation des forêts » (article 5) comme instrument de politique essentiel pour l’atténuation du changement climatique.

Apakah pendanaan karbon merugikan masyarakat hutan? Bukti dari Madagascar

Kesepakatan Paris bulan Desember 2015 mendorong negara-negara "... untuk mengambil tindakan untuk menerapkan dan mendukung, termasuk lewat pembayaran berbasis hasil... kegiatan-kegiatan yang berkaitan dengan pengurangan emisi dari deforestasi dan degradasi hutan" (Pasal 5) sebagai instrumen kebijakan kunci untuk mitigasi perubahan iklim.

SDI/SESDev/FPP letter expressing dissatisfaction with the RSPO Complaints Panel decision on Golden Veroleum Liberia

Letter from the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev) and Forest Peoples Programme to the Impacts Division and Complaints Panel (CP) of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), challenging the CP's 19th September 2015 decision and findings that Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) operations are broadly compliant with the RSPO standard.

Click here to read the letter