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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

PRESS INFORMATION - EMBARGOED for 04:00 GMT Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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: 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.