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'Conflict or Consent?' Chapter 5: PT REA Kaltim Plantations and the Dayak and Kutai peoples of Kutai Kartanegara and Tabang, East Kalimantan

This is the fifth chapter of 'Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads'.

East Kalimantan attracts significant domestic and national investment due to the lucrative potential of its natural resources. In Kutai Kartanegara district alone (where PT REA Kaltim Plantations is locaded), oil, natural gas and coal mining represent over 77% of the local economy. The development of oil palm plantations on Non Forest Cultivation Areas has been relentless with an increase of 30% in the last seven years, and a further 4.7 million ha projected for conversion by 2025.

A range of negative ecological and social impacts have resulted from the ill-regulated acquisition of land for natural resource eploitation in East Kalimantan.

'Conflict or Consent?' Chapter 7: Update on IFC CAO mediation in PT Asiatic Persada (Jambi, Indonesia)

This is the seventh chapter of 'Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads'.

On 19th – 24th April 2013, Sawit Watch,Forest Peoples Programme and Setara Jambi visited PT Asiatic Persada to assess progress in IFC CAO mediation of land conflicts in indigenous Batin Sembilan communities of six villages: Mat Ukup, Terawang, Pinang Tinggi, Sungai Beruang, KopSad and Kelompok Bidin. The team also interviewed relevant local NGOs (Perkumpulan Hijau and CAPPA) and the IFC CAO mediators. The company did not respond to the team’s request to meet.

Mining the Womb of the Earth: Struggles of Indigenous Women against destructive mining

This publication, published by AIPP, is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. This publication is part of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) efforts to inform actors and stakeholders of the efforts of indigenous women and their communities to address violations of their rights, particularly their collective rights as indigenous peoples. The IPHRD Net is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

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?

Mediation: Strategy or Objective? Reflections on the conflict mediation process between PT Asiatic Persada and the Suku Anak Dalam (Batin Sembilan) communities of Jambi, Indonesia

This report summarises the various phases of the mediation process between PT Asiatic Persada and the Batin Sembilan communities in Jambi, Sumatra, including the initial phase of mediation by SETARA and the second phase of mediation facilitated by the Joint Mediation Team of the International Finance Corporation Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (IFC CAO) and the Jambi province government.

Indonesia: IFC CAO withdraws from mediation process in PT Asiatic Persada oil palm concession

The International Finance Corporation Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (IFC CAO) has formally announced its withdrawal from the case of PT Asiatic Persada, following the sale of the concession by Wilmar in April 2013, and the new management’s decision to continue mediation through a government team instead. This is despite the fact that the affected Batin Sembilan communities and complaint signatory NGOs have repeatedly called on the IFC CAO to continue its role as mediator and to encourage the company to pursue this avenue towards conflict resolution.

Indonesia: La CAO de la CFI se retira de un proceso de mediación en la concesión de palma de aceite PT Asiatic Persada

La CAO (Oficina del Asesor en Cumplimiento/Ombudsman) de la Corporación Financiera Internacional (CFI) ha anunciado oficialmente que se retira del caso de PT Asiatic Persada tras la venta de la concesión por parte de Wilmar en abril de 2013 y la decisión de la nueva dirección de continuar la mediación a través de un equipo gubernamental en su lugar. Estos hechos se han producido a pesar de que las comunidades Batin Sembilan afectadas y varias ONG firmantes de una denuncia han pedido repetidas veces a la CAO que continúe haciendo de mediador y aliente a la empresa a seguir esta vía para solucionar el conflicto.

Indonésie : Le conseiller-médiateur de la SFI se retire du processus de médiation sur la concession de palmiers à huile de PT Asiatic Persada

Le conseiller-médiateur de la Société financière internationale a officiellement annoncé son retrait du dossier concernant PT Asiatic Persada, suite à la vente de la concession par Wilmar en avril 2013, et la décision prise par la nouvelle direction de poursuivre la médiation à l’aide d’une équipe gouvernementale.  Ceci en dépit du fait que les communautés batin sembilan concernées et les ONG signataires de la plainte ont demandé à maintes reprises au conseiller-médiateur de la SFI de continuer à assurer la médiation et d’encourager l’entreprise à poursuivre dans cette voie en vue de résoudre le conflit.

Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling the large-scale expansion of oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia and Africa. Concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the conversion of vast tracts of land to monocrop plantations led in 2004 to the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which encourages oil palm expansion in ways that do not destroy high conservation values or cause social conflict. Numerous international agencies have also called for reforms of national frameworks to secure communities’ rights and to develop sound land governance.