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Pueblos indígenas y los defensores de los bosques se arriesgan a ser asesinados e intimidados para instar a los Gobiernos europeos a cumplir sus compromisos en materia de derechos humanos y abordar los productos básicos que contribuyen a la deforestación

Los líderes indígenas y los defensores de los derechos humanos de cuatro países con bosques tropicales están viajando a París con la finalidad de hacer un llamamiento para que se tomen medidas urgentes contra la deforestación y los abusos de los derechos humanos en la reun

A letter on the weaknesses of REDD in Peru

A letter from AIDESEP to the Participants Committee of the FCPF on the 20 March 2017 in which AIDESEP highlights the holes and weaknesses of the REDD strategy in Peru as indicated in the mid-term evaluation report of the project and the broken commitments of the government made with indigenous peoples to recognise and respect their t

Una carta sobre los fracasos de la estrategia REDD en el Perú

Una carta de AIDESEP dirigida hacia el Comité del FCPF con fecha 20 de Marzo 2017 donde AIDESEP sobresalta los vacíos y fracasos del estrategia REDD en el Perú tal como se señala en el Informe de evaluación del proyecto y la no implementación de los compromisos del Estado con las organizaciones i

Securing Forest Peoples’ Rights and Tackling Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Deforestation and forest degradation have increased in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite the government’s commitment to safeguard its forests.

Illegal logging, unsustainable mining, commercial agriculture, and urban demand for fuelwood represent only some of the major long-term threats to the forests. By contrast, the traditional livelihood strategies of indigenous and local communities show a capacity to coexist with forests sustainably.

The rights of Baka communities in the REDD+ Ngoyla-Mintom project in Cameroon

Of the indigenous hunter gatherer peoples of Cameroon (the peoples who self-identify as ‘autochthonous’), the Baka are the largest group, numbering about 40,000 and living in an area of 75,000 km2 in the south-west of the country; the Bagyeli/Bokola are the second-largest group with approximately 3,700 people living near the coast in an area of about 12,000 km2; and the third-largest group are the Bedzang who live in the forests north-west of Mbam (Ngambe-Tikar), in the Central Region.

Is carbon funding hurting forest peoples? Evidence from Madagascar

The Paris Agreement of December 2015 encourages countries “…to take action to implement and support, including through results-based payments…activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation” (Article 5)  as a key policy instrument for climate change mitigation. The Agreement also acknowledges the need to respect human rights in all climate actions. In principle, new investment in protected areas and REDD+ projects, by the World Bank and other international donors, are tied to strong social safeguards. These should be designed to ensure that a project does no harm and respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. At present, UN climate change convention safeguards go further and require carbon funding to provide additional social and ‘non-carbon’ benefits, though World Bank safeguards still fall short of this.

‘High Carbon Stocks Forests’: challenges in implementation

In response to consumer pressure to eliminate deforestation from products on supermarket shelves, corporations have been making numerous ‘Zero Deforestation’ pledges, often accompanied by ‘Zero Exploitation’ commitments. These companies seek to ensure that products in their ‘supply chains’ do not ‘embody deforestation’ and are not linked to land grabs and abuse of human and labour rights. These commitments are welcome but raise numerous questions: what do they require in practice and how can companies’ performance be verified?

«Bosques con elevadas reservas de carbono»: desafíos de la implementación

En respuesta a la presión de los consumidores para que se retiren de las estanterías de los supermercados los productos que tengan alguna conexión con la deforestación, las empresas han estado haciendo numerosas promesas de «deforestación cero», a menudo acompañadas de compromisos de «explotación cero». Estas empresas buscan asegurarse de que los productos de sus «cadenas de suministro» no tienen consigo una «deforestación incorporada» y no están vinculados al acaparamiento de tierras ni a la violación de los derechos humanos y laborales. Estos compromisos son bienvenidos, pero plantean numerosos interrogantes, por ejemplo: ¿qué requieren en la práctica y cómo se puede verificar el desempeño de las empresas?

Forest Peoples Programme Dialogue on Community-based Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)

From 16-19 Nov. 2015, FPP in collaboration with its local partners working across the Africa region organized in Yaoundé in Cameroon a meeting on Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV). The objective of this MRV meeting was to develop a common approach to community-based monitoring and set out appropriate indicators and tools for MRV that FPP and partners can mainstream throughout various initiatives on the ground to secure the rights of forest communities.

Diálogo del Forest Peoples Programme sobre el monitoreo, reporte y verificación basados en la comunidad

Entre el 16 y el 19 de noviembre de 2015 el FPP organizó, en colaboración con sus socios locales que trabajan a lo largo de toda la región de África, una reunión en Yaundé, Camerún, para tratar el tema del monitoreo, reporte y verificación (MRV). El objetivo de esta reunión fue desarrollar un enfoque común para el monitoreo basado en la comunidad y establecer indicadores y herramientas apropiados para el MRV que el FPP y sus socios puedan integrar en todas sus iniciativas sobre el terreno para garantizar los derechos de las comunidades de los bosques.

The Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Paraguay: Their lands and the Laws that Would Protect Them

On 12 November 2015, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and its partner in Paraguay, the Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) released a companion set of reports describing the current situation of indigenous people, their lands, resources, and territories in Paraguay, along with the national legal framework that is meant to respect, promote and protect their rights.  Many have argued that the last big “land grab” with respect to indigenous lands, resources and territories will not be from large infrastructure projects, but from conservation and resource protection initiatives.

La situación de los pueblos indígenas en Paraguay: sus tierras y las leyes que los deberían proteger

El 12 de noviembre de 2015 el Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) y su socio en Paraguay, la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) publicaron un conjunto de informes complementarios que describen la situación actual de los pueblos indígenas, sus tierras, recursos y territorios en Paraguay, junto con el marco jurídico nacional que está destinado a respetar, promover y proteger sus derechos. Muchos han argumentado que la última “apropiación” importante de tierras, recursos y territorios indígenas no se producirá como parte de grandes proyectos de infraestructura, sino como parte de iniciativas de conservación y de protección de los recursos.

New Analysis Reveals that Indigenous Lands Hold More than 20% of World’s Tropical Forest Carbon

New analysis of forests in indigenous territories shows recognizing, protecting rights of traditional peoples can make major contribution to slowing climate change and would support nat'l commitments to reduce climate impacts

An analysis released at the UN climate conference (known as COP 21) maps and quantifies, for the first time, the carbon stored in indigenous territories across the world’s largest expanses of remaining tropical forest.

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS)

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) position on the Safeguards Information System (SIS).

The submission was made to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 24 Sept. 2014. The submission includes the list of 37 endorsements from indigenous peoples organisations and civil society organisations.