Existing political commitments on forests and forest peoples, focusing on the main standards under the UN Conference on Environment and Development and forest-related fauna.
(Updated) December 2004 Article 10c:
Protect and encourage customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation or sustainable use requirements
We, the undersigned African civil society organizations, working on and interested in extractive sector issues have decided not to officially participate in the IFC consultative process for Africa, held on November 29 and 30, 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya because of insufficient time and information on the process.
1. The question I am addressing is: How do conservation organisations best engage with the Private Sector to promote sustainable development and conservation?
1. The question I am addressing is:
How do conservation organisations best engage with the Private Sector to promote sustainable development and conservation?
The existing legal and policy provisions of central African countries, and the way they have been implemented in practice, have hitherto done little to stem the loss of indigenous peoples' traditional forest-related knowledge (TFRK). Focusing on the indigenous and traditional communities of eight central African countries, this detailed report examines the issues surrounding TFRK and assesses the progress made to date by the governments who have given their endorsement to reform.
Report for The Nature Conservancy
Formalised by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1991 and funded by the World Bank from 1994 to 1999, Joint Forest Management (JFM) in Madhya Pradesh has been the subject of great controversy within Adivasi, activist and academic circles, and has lead to strong Mass Tribal Organisation opposition to the project at state level. Although JFM claims to promote greater participation and benefits to communities, in many cases its underlying objective has been to reduce the dependence of Adivasi communities on the forests they have managed for centuries, and to curtail their rights to their lands and resources. Its implementation rests on the formation of Village Forest Protection Committees, through which government and development aid funds are channelled for ‘forest management’ and village-level development works. Since Bank funding ended in 1999, the Village Forest Protection Committees (VFPCs) in Madhya Pradesh have been largely non-functional. Nevertheless the JFM policy and project have left a legacy of Adivasi disempowerment and community-level divisions [documented in reports such as Sarin et al, 2003  , the Summary Report of Jan Sunwai (Public Hearing) on Forest Rights at village Indpura, Harda District, 26 May 2001, etc.] which are still affecting communities.
Since 2002 the World Bank has been trying to promote a Participatory Forest Management (PFM) Project in the newly formed Jharkhand State in India.
Shri Rameswar ThakurGovernor of Orissa, Fax Nos: +91 674 2536582, 2536581, 2536584
Re: Violence against Adivasi protesters in Kashipur, Orissa
The Forest Peoples Programme is alarmed to receive reports about the ongoing violence against Adivasi protesters in Kashipur, Orissa.
100 organizations from 30 countries signed on to this letter
Forest Alert IndiaSeptember 2004
Examines how the legal and policy frameworks of four countries (India, Indonesia, Venezuela and Guyana) deal with indigenous peoples and the extent to which they offer scope for the exercise of the right to free, prior and informed consent
The Debate - Correspondence between Mark Rose, Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International (FFI), and Marcus Colchester, Director of Forest Peoples Programme
Published in The Ecologist, July/August 2004
Also published in Sustainable Development Law & Policy. Free prior and informed consent (FPIC) has been recognised and accepted by a number of inter-governmental organizations and international bodies. The World Bank Group (WBG), however, is a notable exception despite two major reviews which recommend incorporating FPIC into WBG policy and practice specially referring to indigenous peoples. This article assesses the extractive industries review and its implications for the WBG, and examines FPIC, its components and its basis in international law.
36th session. Consideration of reports submitted at by states parties under Article 44 of the Convention. Unedited version.