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International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) Statement to the Press, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

Press release from the press conference held by IIFB at the 12th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.The press release addresses an impasse that has emerged within the negotiations concerning the use of the terminology "Indigenous Peoples and local communities" to replace the current phrase "indigenous and local communities".IIFB Press Statement

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

E-Boletín FPP Diciembre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

¿Qué perspectivas hay de proteger los derechos territoriales de los pueblos indígenas, las comunidades locales y las mujeres en un futuro cercano?

FPP E-Newsletter July 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.

E-Boletín FPP Julio 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

El reconocimiento, el respeto y el beneficio mutuos son algunos de los atributos deseables en toda relación humana. Los pueblos indígenas y otros pueblos de los bosques también esperan estas cualidades en sus relaciones con otros, ya sean gobiernos, empresas privadas, ONG u otras organizaciones y comunidades de pueblos indígenas.  Este número del boletín electrónico de noticias del Forest Peoples Programme informa del estado de varias relaciones entre pueblos de los bosques y diferentes instituciones, mientras estas son forjadas, puestas a prueba o rotas, en el curso de las afirmaciones de la defensa de los derechos humanos básicos, la justicia social y la solidaridad.

Video: Workshop on customary sustainable use at Conference of the World Indigenous Network

The inaugural Conference of the World Indigenous Network (WIN) took place in Darwin, Australia from 26 to 31 May 2013. The WIN conference was designed to build a strong foundation for an innovative and enduring network of land and sea managers, with a programme aimed at coming together, connecting and sharing stories and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities who have an active role in managing natural environments. Read more about the WIN here: http://www.worldindigenousnetwork.net/ 

Vídeo: taller sobre la utilización consuetudinaria sostenible realizado en la Conferencia de la Red Mundial de Pueblos Indígenas

La conferencia inaugural de la Red Mundial de Pueblos Indígenas (WIN por sus siglas en inglés) se celebró en Darwin, Australia, del domingo 26 al viernes 31 de mayo de 2013. La conferencia fue diseñada con el fin de construir unos cimientos sólidos para una red  innovadora y duradera de administradores de la tierra y el mar, con un programa dirigido a los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales que desempeñan un papel activo en la gestión de entornos naturales, uniendo sus fuerzas, conectando unos con otros y compartiendo historias y experiencias. Aquí puede leer más información sobre la WIN (en inglés): http://www.worldindigenousnetwork.net/ 

Parties to the Biodiversity Convention not ready to accept ‘indigenous peoples’

A disappointing outcome for indigenous peoples at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, 8-19 October 2012: Parties failed to adopt a decision to update the CBD’s terminology ‘indigenous and local communities’ to ‘indigenous peoples and local communities’, due to the resistance of a few Parties.

Las Partes en el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica no están dispuestas a aceptar el término «pueblos indígenas»

Un resultado decepcionante para los pueblos indígenas en la XI reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes (COP 11) en el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica (CDB) celebrada en Hyderabad, India, del 8 al 19 de octubre de 2012: las Partes no lograron adoptar una decisión para actualizar la terminología del CDB «comunidades indígenas y locales» a «pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales», debido a la resistencia de algunas de las Partes.

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 publication: Indigenous Peoples in Decisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Working Draft)

Many decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) contain language on indigenous peoples and local communities*, for instance on their full and effective participation, impacts on their lands and livelihoods, the value and contribution of their traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use, and the need for support in capacity building.

Sustainable Development Update: Building resilience through customary sustainable use of biodiversity

"Since almost a decade back, the Resilience and Development Programme (SwedBio) and partners such as Forest Peoples ProgrammeTebtebba Foundation and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) have been working for strengthening governance in indigenous territories based on customary sustainable use. The work by SwedBio and partners was initiated by supporting good cases, including presenting them and describing the key factors for success behind. These pilot cases, covering a broad range of social ecological systems, have successively formed a base for building better international policies that adopt customary sustainable use (CSU) as a means for strengthened resilience of biological diversity and contribution to human wellbeing among indigenous peoples and local communities."

Karen People forcibly expelled from the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand

In January, indigenous peoples’ organisations sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, asking her to take immediate action to redress the forcible expulsion of Karen people from their ancestral territory in north-western Thailand, which is now overlapped by the Kaeng Krachan National Park.

According to sources that have visited Kaeng Krachan National Park and collected information, the harassment of Karen villagers has been going on for some time and became severe in May, June and July 2011, when many of the villagers’ houses and rice stores were burned and money, jewellery, fishing and agricultural tools were stolen by a group comprising National Park wardens and military forces. As a result, some of these villagers moved away and are now staying with relatives elsewhere and a number of them (allegedly around 70 people) are hiding in the forest in fear of meeting government officers, and are without sufficient food and shelter.  

El pueblo Karen es expulsado a la fuerza del Parque Nacional de Kaeng Krachan en Tailandia

En enero, diversas organizaciones de pueblos indígenas enviaron una carta a la primera ministra de Tailandia Yingluck Shinawatra en la que le pedían que tomase inmediatamente medidas para reparar la expulsión forzosa del pueblo Karen de su territorio ancestral en el noroeste de Tailandia. Dicho territorio se solapa en la actualidad con el Parque Nacional de Kaeng Krachan. Según las fuentes que han visitado dicho parque y han recopilado información, el acoso al que se ven sometidos los habitantes de las aldeas Karen comenzó hace algún tiempo y se agravó en mayo, junio y julio de 2011.  En efecto, un grupo integrado por guardas del parque nacional y fuerzas militares incendió muchas de las viviendas y reservas de arroz y les robó su dinero, sus joyas, sus aparejos de pesca y sus aperos de labranza. Como consecuencia, algunos aldeanos se fueron y ahora están alojados en casas de familiares en otras zonas, y otros (según parece unas 70 personas) se han escondido en el bosque por temor a encontrarse con funcionarios del gobierno, y no disponen de alimentos suficientes ni tienen donde cobijarse. 

CBD Working Group agrees on development of new Plan of Action on Customary Sustainable Use of biological resources

At the recent meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Working Group on traditional knowledge, innovations and practices (Article 8(j) and Related Provisions) , which took place in Montreal, Canada, from 31October to 4 November 2011, Forest Peoples Programme and indigenous and local community partners, alongside the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), engaged in discussions with delegates and others about the development of a new “Plan of Action on Customary Sustainable Use”. This Plan of Action is intended to become a new major component of the already existing Programme of Work that serves to preserve, respect and maintain indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ traditional knowledge, innovations and practices that are related to sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity.