FPP E-Newsletter December 2012 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples.

New briefing: Free, Prior and Informed Consent and the RSPO; Are the companies keeping their promises? Findings and recommendations from Southeast Asia and Africa

This briefing, launched on the occasion of the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT10), draws together the key findings of fourteen studies on FPIC in RSPO member/certified plantations based on the RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) and related Indicators and Guidance, and makes recommendations for reforms in the way palm oil companies honour the principle of FPIC and respect customary rights to land.

Joint civil society open letter to the President of the World Bank, Dr. Kim Jim, regarding the on-going review of World Bank safeguard policies

Joint NGO letter to World Bank President raising concerns about the Bank's Investment Lending Review (ILR) process and related initiatives including the Bank-IFC public private partnership (PPP) reform plans. The letter calls on the Bank to link the ILR Process to its wider safeguard update efforts to ensure consistency and prevent dilution of safeguard standards [September 2012].

Securing High Conservation Values in Central Kalimantan: Report of the Field Investigation in Central Kalimantan of the RSPO Ad Hoc Working Group on High Conservation Values in Indonesia

This report provides an account of a short investigation carried out by the RSPO's Ad Hoc Working Group on High Conservation Values in Indonesia. It is being circulated to promote comprehension and discussion about the legal and procedural obstacles to securing such values in the oil palm sector in Indonesia with the view to promoting changes and legal reforms in order to secure these values more effectively. This version includes detailed comments on the report by Wilmar International.

FPP E-Newsletter February 2012 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

Balancing human beings’ need for decent livelihoods against the imperative of securing our environment is, arguably, the biggest challenge facing our planet. This struggle between ‘development’ and ‘conservation’ is being played out in global policy negotiations, with the decisions of so-called policy-makers being imposed on the ground. But not everything is or should be ‘top down’. Enduring solutions also spring from the grassroots, from the ‘bottom up’.

E-Boletín FPP Febrero 2012 (PDF Version)

Estimados amigos:

Se podría decir que equilibrar la necesidad que tiene el ser humano de medios de vida decentes con el imperativo de asegurar nuestro medio ambiente es el mayor reto que enfrenta nuestro planeta. Esta lucha entre el «desarrollo» y la «conservación» se está manteniendo en el campo de las negociaciones mundiales de políticas, con las decisiones de los denominados «encargados de la formulación de políticas» impuestas sobre el terreno. Pero no todo va o debería ir de «arriba abajo». También surgen soluciones duraderas en la base, de «abajo arriba».

FPP Bulletin d'Information Février 2012 (PDF Version)

Chers amis,

Trouver un équilibre entre le besoin des êtres humains de moyens de subsistance décents et l’impératif de protection de notre environnement est probablement le plus grand défi que notre planète doit relever. Cette lutte entre « développement » et « conservation » se déroule lors des négociations politiques mondiales, et les décisions de ceux que l’on appelle les décideurs politiques s’imposent sur le terrain. Mais tout ne vient pas ou ne devrait pas venir du haut. Des solutions durables émergent également du niveau local, depuis le bas.