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Palm oil industry group orders company to halt Peru planting

Source: Reuters - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:58 GMT, Author: Reuters

LIMA, April 25 (Reuters) - A palm oil industry body on Monday ordered a member company with a 5,000 hectare (12,355 acre) concession in Peru to stop developing new plantations until it can prove it has not cleared any primary forest.

The dispute comes amid growing concerns from environmentalist and indigenous communities about the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in the Peruvian Amazon in recent years.

Indigenous peoples' organisation FECONAU and indigenous community present first Peruvian complaint to RSPO regarding harmful oil palm development on their lands in the Amazon region

Yarinacocha, December 5th 2015: Today on the 5th of December 2015 we, the Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali – FECONAU (Federation of Native Communities of Ucayali) representing 35 communities of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people from the Ucayali region and Santa Clara de Uchunya, located in Requena, Ucayali region in Peru, presented our formal complaint to the RSPO mechanism against the company Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC, member of the RSPO.

La organizacion indígena FECONAU y una comunidad indígena lanzan la primera queja peruana ante la RSPO acerca de plantaciones destructives de palma African en sus tierras en la region Amazónica

Yarinacocha, 05 de Diciembre del 2015: Hoy 05 de Diciembre del 2015, la Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali – FECONAU que representa a 35 comunidades de la región Ucayali y la Santa Clara de Uchunya, del pueblo indígena Shipibo – Konibo, ubicada en Requena, región Ucayali en Perú, hemos presentado formalmente nuestra queja ante el mecanismo RSPO en contra de la empresa Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC miembro de RSPO.

PRESS RELEASE: Peruvian indigenous leader in London to denounce illegal deforestation of 5000 hectares of Peru’s Amazon for palm oil

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.

Peru’s failure to address indigenous peoples’ land struggle and control illegal deforestation exposes empty pledges of its government to tackle deforestation

The failure to resolve the underlying land tenure problems of indigenous peoples is one of the main factors behind the increasing deforestation in Peru as reported in a national deforestation study produced by FPP and AIDESEP and launched at the UN Climate talks held in Peru in 2014.  Peru hands over the Presidency of the climate change talks to France in Paris this year and since 2010 has made ambitious pledges to resolve indigenous peoples’ landrights struggles as part of its commitments to protect forests and mitigate climate change in which it has pledged to reduce net deforestatio

El fracaso del Perú para abordar la lucha de los pueblos indígenas por sus tierras y controlar la deforestación ilegal expone las promesas vacías de su Gobierno de hacer frente a la deforestación

La incapacidad de resolver los problemas de tenencia de la tierra subyacentes de los pueblos indígenas es uno de los principales factores que explican el aumento de la deforestación en el Perú, tal y como se informó en un estudio sobre la deforestación nacional realizado por el FPP y AIDESEP. Dicho estudio fue lanzado oficialmente durante las conversaciones sobre el clima de las Naciones Unidas celebradas en Perú en 2014.  El Perú entrega la presidencia de los diálogos sobre cambio climático a Francia en París este año.