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Tebtebba Press Release: Implement safeguards on REDD Plus, indigenous caucus demands

Indigenous peoples called on the immediate implementation of the safeguards on REDD Plus. In a press conference a day before the end of the Durban Climate Change Conference, indigenous peoples belonging to the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) called on state-parties for human rights to be central in any agreement on climate change.

Updated Press Release: Bali Declaration acclaimed at Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop

The international meeting of South East Asian Regional Human Rights Commissions on ‘Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform’ hosted by the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (KOMNASHAM), in conjunction with Sawit Watch and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 28th November to 1st December 2011.

Press Release - Land conflicts, carbon piracy and violations of indigenous peoples’ rights: New report by Amazonian indigenous peoples exposes the reality of REDD+ in Peru and proposes solutions

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A new report published today by Peruvian indigenous organisations, AIDESEP, FENAMAD and CARE, and international human rights organisation the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), reveals the impact that REDD projects and programmes are already having on the lives of indigenous peoples. The reality of REDD+ in Peru: Between theory and practice - Indigenous Amazonian Peoples’ analyses and alternatives finds that REDD pilot projects run by some NGOs and companies are already undermining the rights of indigenous peoples, and are leading to carbon piracy and conflicts over land and resources. Persistent advocacy efforts by indigenous peoples’ organisations to secure respect for the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples have resulted in some government commitments to modify national REDD programmes financed by the World Bank. Nevertheless, solid guarantees for respect of these rights are yet to materialise.

Roberto Espinoza Llanos, coordinator of AIDESEP’s Climate Change Programme and one of the lead authors of the report, explains, “The commitments made by the previous government in 2011 were not made lightly, they were assumed by the State and approved in a global meeting of the World Bank’s FCPF [Forest Carbon Partnership Facility]. We hope that the present government and international entities like the World Bank will deliver on their promises to respect land and territorial rights. Continual monitoring will be necessary to make sure they keep their word.”

Press Release: Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop brings together Human Rights Commissioners, indigenous peoples’ representatives, academics and NGOs from across the world. November 2011

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A landmark workshop, “Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform”, is taking place at the Santika Hotel, Kuta, Bali, from today until 1 December 2011, convened by the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and supporting NGOs SawitWatch and Forest Peoples Programme. The event will be attended by over 60 participants, from the National Human Rights Commissions of the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission, notable academics, representatives of indigenous peoples, as well as members of supportive national and international NGOs.

Nur Kholis, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), said,

“We are taking this initiative in collaboration with the other human rights commissioners of South East Asia as a way of ensuring a more balanced approach to development based on respect for peoples’ rights, with an emphasis on the need to secure livelihoods and the right to food.”

Press Release: Palm Oil Need Not Harm Environment or Local Communities, says New Study. 21 November 2011

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The exponential growth in the palm oil sector, which accounts for a third of the total global trade of 130 million tons of vegetable oil annually, is strongly challenged by indigenous peoples and civil society organisations.  Indiscriminate land clearing and acquisition for oil palm plantations is resulting in rapid habitat loss, species extinctions and alarming greenhouse gas emissions. It has also led to the dispossession of both indigenous peoples and the rural poor who depend traditionally on forest habitats for their survival.

Press Release: New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses in Wilmar Group Plantation in Jambi, Indonesia. Embargoed for 00:00 GMT, November 21 2011

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A new report released today exposes how local Indonesian police (BRIMOB) in Jambi, working with plantation staff, systematically evicted people from three settlements, firing guns to scare them off and then using heavy machinery to destroy their dwellings and bulldoze concrete floors into the nearby creeks. The operations were carried out over a week in mid-August this year and have already sparked an international controversy. Andiko, Executive Director of the Indonesian community rights NGO, HuMa said: 

“Forced evictions at gun point and the destruction of the homes of men, women and children without warning or a court order constitute serious abuses of human rights and are contrary to police norms. The company must now make reparations but individual perpetrators should also be investigated and punished in accordance with the law.”

Press Release: New study shows REDD may marginalize Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Cameroon

A new report by Forest Peoples Programme gives a critical and in-depth overview of the social aspects of projects intended to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Cameroon. REDD and Rights In Cameroon: A review of the treatment of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in policies and projects shows that Indigenous Peoples and local communities are unlikely to gain from REDD as it stands and they might even be harmed by it.

Even though Cameroon’s national “REDD readiness” process is only in its first stages, so-called “pilot” or sub-national REDD projects are proliferating all over the country, potentially affecting 30% of forested land. Many organisations are jumping into REDD projects without necessarily thinking about the people who live in, and have been caring for, these forests.

Información para la prensa - Un nuevo estudio indica que la REDD podría marginalizar a los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales de Camerún

Un nuevo informe publicado por el Forest Peoples Programme ofrece una reseña crítica y detallada de los aspectos sociales de los proyectos destinados a reducir las emisiones derivadas de la deforestación y la degradación de los bosques (REDD) en Camerún. REDD and Rights In Cameroon: A review of the treatment of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in policies and projects (La REDD y los derechos en Camerún: examen del tratamiento de los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales en políticas y proyectos) indica que es poco probable que los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales se beneficien de la REDD tal y como está planteada actualmente, e incluso podrían verse perjudicados.

A pesar de que el proceso nacional de «preparación para la REDD» de Camerún aún está en sus primeras fases, por todo el país están proliferando lo que se denomina proyectos «piloto» o subnacionales, afectando posiblemente a un 30% de la superficie forestal. Muchas organizaciones están apresurándose a realizar proyectos de REDD sin pensar necesariamente en los pueblos que viven en esos bosques y que los han estado cuidando.

Communiqué de presse : Une nouvelle étude indique que la REDD pourrait marginaliser les peuples autochtones et les communautés locales au Cameroun

Un nouveau rapport du Forest Peoples Programme propose une analyse critique détaillée des aspects sociaux des projets visant à la Réduction des émissions dues à la déforestation et à la dégradation des forêts (REDD) au Cameroun. « La REDD et les droits au Cameroun : Analyse du traitement réservé aux peuples autochtones et aux communautés locales dans les politiques et projets de REDD » constate qu’il est peu probable que les peuples autochtones et les communautés locales bénéficient de la REDD telle qu’elle est actuellement définie et qu’elle pourrait même leur nuire.

Bien que le processus national de « préparation à la REDD » au Cameroun n'en soit qu'aux premières étapes, les projets REDD sous-nationaux, dits projets REDD « pilote », prolifèrent dans l’ensemble du pays, et pourraient affecter 30% des terres forestières. De nombreuses organisations se lancent dans des projets REDD sans penser nécessairement aux personnes qui vivent dans ces forêts et qui en prennent soin depuis longtemps.

Press Release: World Bank’s forest climate fund slammed for sidelining indigenous peoples’ rights and failing to protect forests

DALAT, Vietnam (23 March 2011) – A new report launched today at the 8th meeting of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) reveals that the Bank is not fulfilling its promises to protect the rights of forest peoples. Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and FERN exposes the World Bank’s failure to uphold its commitments on human rights and its engagement in never-ending changes to its social and environmental policies, weakening its accountability to affected communities and the public.

Nota de prensa: Recriminación al fondo para el clima de los bosques del Banco Mundial por relegar a un segundo plano los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y no proteger los bosques. 23 de marzo de 2011

DALAT, Vietnam (23 de marzo de 2011) – Un nuevo informe publicado hoy con motivo de la 8.ª reunión del Fondo Cooperativo para el Carbono de los Bosques (FCPF) del Banco Mundial revela que este último no está cumpliendo sus promesas de proteger los derechos de los pueblos de los bosques. Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (Humo y espejos: una evaluación crítica del Fondo Cooperativo para el Carbono de los Bosques), publicado por el Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) y FERN, expone el fracaso del Banco Mundial a la hora de cumplir sus compromisos con los derechos humanos y la constante modificación de sus políticas sociales y medioambientales, reduciendo su obligación de rendir cuentas ante las comunidades afectadas y el público.

Communiqué de presse - Le fonds climatique de la Banque mondiale pour les forêts vivement critiqué pour son absence de prise en compte des droits des peuples autochtones et son échec dans la protection des forêts

DALAT, Vietnam (23 mars 2011) – Un nouveau rapport publié aujourd’hui à l’occasion de la 8ème  réunion du Fonds de partenariat pour la réduction des émissions de carbone forestier (FCPF) de la Banque mondiale révèle que la Banque ne tient pas ses promesses de protéger les droits des peuples de la forêt. Mirages et Illusions : une évaluation critique du Fonds de partenariat pour la réduction des émissions de carbone forestier du Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) et de FERN constate que la Banque mondiale n’a pas respecté ses engagements en matière de droits humains et apporte constamment des changements à ses politiques sociales et environnementales, ce qui affaiblit sa responsabilité envers les communautés affectées et le public.

Press Release: Precedent-setting land deal in palm oil expansion zone in Borneo. 21 March 2011

 

PONTIANAK - A new oil palm plantation being developed in Indonesian Borneo (West Kalimantan) has relinquished community lands to which it had gained a government permit. The company PT Agro Wiratama, a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and subsidiary of the giant Musim Mas group, agreed to relinquish more than 1,000 hectares of its 9,000 hectare concession back to the community, following interventions by community representatives and NGOs.

SIARAN PERS: Preseden penanganan masalah tanah dalam ereal ekspansi sawit di Kalimantan. 21 Maret 2011

Pontianak - Satu perkebunan kelapa sawit baru sedang dikembangkan di Indonesia Kalimantan Barat telah menyerahkan lahan masyarakat yang perusahaan dapatkan dari pemerintah. PT Agro Wiratama, salah satu anggota Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) dan anak perusahaan kelompok Musim Mas, setuju untuk melepaskan lebih kurang lebih 1.000 ha dari 9.000 ha lahan dalam izin lokasi kembali ke masyarakat, setelah berbagai desakan oleh wakil masyarakat dan LSM.

Press Release: International Union for the Conservation of Nature to review and advance implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’, focusing on rights of indigenous peoples. January 14, 2011

Indigenous peoples’ representatives met with Chairs of Commissions of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other conservation organizations, for a high-level dialogue during the Sharing Power conference, in Whakatane, New Zealand, on January 13th, 2011. IUCN agreed to review the implementation of resolutions related to indigenous peoples taken at the 4th World Conservation Congress (WCC4) in 2008, in Barcelona, Spain, and to advance their implementation. These resolutions, along with the Durban Action Plan and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), are often termed as the “new conservation paradigm”. They are crucial for ensuring that conservation practices respect the rights of indigenous peoples and their full and effective participation in policy and practice. Unfortunately, the actual implementation of these decisions in support of indigenous peoples has been very patchy. The information gathered by the IUCN review processes will feed into its 2013-2016 Programme, to be discussed and adopted in September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Specifically, the meeting participants agreed that IUCN will:

·       Reinforce its multi-level process (encompassing international, regional, national and local levels) to assess and advance the implementation of the “new conservation paradigm”. This process would focus on specific WCC4 resolutions relevant to indigenous peoples.

·       Implement pilot assessments of protected areas at the local level that should be carried out by teams composed of indigenous peoples, IUCN national and international offices, government officials and other relevant actors. The pilot assessments should specify recommendations to address gaps between the observed practices and the ‘new conservation paradigm’. The findings will be reported in national workshops, which will then explore ways to implement the recommendations from the assessments. The assessments would also bring examples of successful projects and best practices to the international community.

·       Carry out a review of the implementation of each of the WCC4 resolutions relevant to indigenous peoples, based on information from commissions and regional and global thematic programmes. This review will identify gaps and make recommendations to address them, which will be included in IUCN’s 2013-2016 Programme.

·       Submit reports on these matters to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the CBD. 

·       Spread awareness of WCC4 resolutions on indigenous peoples to all national IUCN offices.

·       Improve the coordination between regional and national IUCN offices and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

NOTA DE PRENSA - La UICN revisará y avanzará en la aplicación efectiva del "nuevo paradigma de la conservación", con atención especial a los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. 14 de enero de 2011

Los representantes de los pueblos indígenas se reunieron con los Presidentes de las Comisiones de la UICN y otras organizaciones conservacionistas para un diálogo de alto nivel durante la Conferencia "Compartiendo el Poder" que tuvo lugar en Whakatane, Nueva Zelanda, el 13 de enero de 2011.

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE - L'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature doit revoir et faire avancer l'application du « nouveau paradigme de la conservation », mettant l'accent sur les droits des peuples autochtones.14 janvier 2011

Des représentants des peuples autochtones se sont réunis avec les présidents de commissions de l'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) et d'autres organismes de conservation pour tenir un dialogue de haut niveau pendant la conférence Sharing Power (partager le pouvoir), à Whakatane, Nouvelle-Zélande, le 13 janvier 2011. L'UICN a convenu de revoir l'application de résolutions concernant les peuples autochtones adoptées lors du 4ème Congrès mondial de la nature (WCC4) tenu en 2008 à Barcelone, en Espagne, et d'en faire avancer la mise en œuvre. Ces résolutions, ainsi que le Plan d'action de Durban et le Programme de travail sur les aires protégées de la Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité biologique (CDB), sont souvent appelés le « nouveau paradigme de la conservation ». Elles sont cruciales pour garantir que les pratiques de conservation respectent les droits des peuples autochtones et leur participation pleine et entière à l'élaboration des politiques et pratiques.  Malheureusement, l'application dans les faits de ces décisions en appui aux peuples autochtones a été très inégale.  Les informations recueillies dans le cadre des processus d'examen de l'UICN seront intégrées dans son Programme 2013-2016, qui doit être soumis à la discussion et adopté en septembre 2012 à Jeju, en République de Corée.