In recent weeks, there has been significant press coverage of human rights abuses connected with the work of international conservation charities, including WWF.
As a human rights organisation, gender justice is a fundamental principle of our work, and we have long been conscious of, and sought to address, the barriers to effective participation in decision-making by women. This blog summarises some of the experiences and learnings from our fieldwork in the Congo Basin over the past 5 years, on how to improve women’s effective participation at the community level.
In November the world reacted with outrage after Christian missionary John Allan Chau was killed by members of the indigenous inhabitants of North Sentinel island. Perhaps surprisingly however most of the anger was not directed at the Sentinelese, but at John himself.
“Indigenous peoples and local communities embody humanity’s creative intelligence and wisdom in our care and love for Mother Earth.
From the Arctic North, to the Pacific Island South, to the Tropical Forests of Latin America, Local Biodiversity Outlooks online highlights how indigenous peoples and local communities are rising to the challenge to counter the effects of some of the most pressin
A member of one of Cameroon’s Baka Communities in the Ngoyla Mintom area, talks about being driven out of his ancestral forests, and the issues his people face on a daily basis through lack of land rights and lack of access to food, medicine and education.
Un membre d'une des communautés baka du Cameroun dans la région de Ngoyla Mintom, parle d'être chassé de ses forêts ancestrales et des problèmes auxquels son peuple est confronté quotidiennement, à cause du manque de droits fonciers et du manque d'accès à la nourriture, médecine et éducation.
Communities in the Bajo Huallaga area of the Peruvian Amazon declared an “environmental and territorial emergency” on 16 September this year following serious and ongoing impacts on their natural resources, territories and inhabitants caused by land grabs and deforestation of their lands by loggers and palm oil companies.
Les communautés de la région de Bajo Huallaga dans l’Amazonie péruvienne ont déclaré « l’urgence environnementale et territoriale » le 16 septembre de cette année, suite aux effets graves et continus sur leurs ressources naturelles, territoires et habitants des accaparements de terres et de la déforestation de leurs terres par des entreprises exploitant le bois et le palmier à huile.
A landmark declaration in 2010 brought human rights abuses by business activities into the spotlight. Since 2017, we have seen significant advances in legislating requirements for human rights due diligence in key markets, and in 2018 negotiations began on a possible Binding Treaty on business and human rights.
En 2010, une déclaration historique a mis en évidence les abus des droits de l’homme liés à des activités commerciales.
A Special Economic Zone in Chiang Khong, northern Thailand, could bring valuable investment into the area. But if it does go ahead, the wetland forests should be excluded to preserve the biodiversity of the local area, and to preserve the way of life of the local community.
Communities defending their human rights in areas of certified palm oil plantation will now be better protected under new policy announced by the RSPO this week at the Global Land Forum in Indonesia.
Les communautés qui défendent leurs droits humains dans des zones de production d’huile de palme certifiées seront à présent mieux protégées grâce à un nouveau règlement annoncé cette semaine par la RSPO au Global Land Forum en Indonésie.
Awajún and Wampis peoples win historic legal victory as Peruvian court orders the suspension of all oil and gas activities in Block 116 for failure to consult them and secure their consent.
The Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis nation in Peru has issued a statement rejecting the efforts of Chilean energy company Geopark to misrepresent the position of the Wampis people in regards to the exploitation of resources from Oil block 64.