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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.

Konflik atau Mufakat? Sektor Kelapa Sawit di Persimpangan Jalan

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Meningkatnya permintaan global untuk minyak sawit tengah memacu ekspansi besar-besaran perkebunan kelapa sawit di Asia Tenggara dan Afrika. Kekhawatiran timbul atas dampak lingkungan dan sosial dari konversi lahan yang sangat luas untuk perkebunan monokultur menyebabkan pembentukan forum minyak sawit berkelanjutan (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil / RSPO) pada tahun 2004 yang mendorong ekspansi kelapa sawit dengan cara yang tidak merusak nilai-nilai konservasi yang tinggi atau menyebabkan konflik sosial. Berbagai lembaga internasional juga menyerukan reformasi kerangka kerja nasional untuk mengamankan hak-hak masyarakat dan tata kelola lahan yang baik.

Global Conference on Community Land and Resource Rights: “Land owned or managed by indigenous peoples and local communities must be doubled by 2018”

From 19 - 20 September 2013, representatives from Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and from FPP’s partner organisations attended an international conference in Interlaken, Switzerland, on community land and resource rights, organised by the Rights and Resources Initiative, the International Land Coalition, Oxfam, IUCN and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. 

Konferensi Global tentang Hak Atas Tanah dan Sumberdaya Masyarakat: “Tanah yang dimiliki atau dikelola oleh masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal harus meningkat dua kali lipat menjelang 2018”

Dari tanggal 19 - 20 September 2013, perwakilan dari Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) dan dari organisasi mitra FPP menghadiri sebuah konferensi internasional di Interlaken, Swiss, tentang hak atas tanah dan sumberdaya masyarakat, yang diselenggarakan oleh Rights and Resources Initiative, International Land Coalition (Koalisi Tanah Internasional), Oxfam, IUCN dan Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.

FPP E-Newsletter October 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The principle that the enjoyment of human rights is both the means and the goal of development, highlights the importance of human rights monitoring as a means for empowering rights-holders to exercise their rights, whilst holding States and other actors accountable for their human rights obligations.   

Lembar Berita Elektronik FPP Oktober 2013 (versi PDF)

Teman-teman yang baik, 

Prinsip bahwa pemenuhan hak asasi manusia adalah sarana sekaligus tujuan pembangunan membawa perhatian pada pentingnya pemantauan hak asasi manusia sebagai sarana untuk memberdayakan para pemegang hak untuk menegakkan hak-hak mereka, seraya tetap menuntut tanggungjawab negara dan aktor-aktor lainnya untuk melaksanakan kewajiban hak asasi mereka.

Bloomberg: One Word May Save Indonesia’s Forests

Source: Bloomberg

Indonesia’s forest and peatland fires have flared up again this season, sending smoke and haze from the island of Sumatra north across the Malacca Strait to Malaysia. The fires are now an annual consequence of the mismanagement of Indonesia’s forests. With the removal of a single word from the country’s constitution, however, that may change for the better.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women must pay special attention to the vulnerable situation of indigenous women in the DRC

Fifteen organisations working with indigenous women, including Forest Peoples Programme, have joined forces to emphasise the injustice and multiple forms of discrimination suffered by indigenous women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). States are required to submit reports to the Committee every four years, describing legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures they have adopted to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention). The DRC’s report will be examined by the Committee on 11 July 2013 in the presence of a delegation of Congolese government representatives. The proceedings can be watched live online at: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan harus menaruh perhatian khusus pada situasi perempuan adat yang rentan di Republik Demokratik Kongo

Lima belas organisasi yang bekerja bersama perempuan adat, termasuk Forest Peoples Programme, bergabung untuk menegaskan ketidakadilan dan berbagai bentuk diskriminasi yang diderita perempuan adat di Republik Demokratik Kongo (RDK) kepada Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Komite). Negara-negara diminta untuk menyampaikan laporan empat tahunan kepada Komite untuk menjelaskan langkah-langkah legislatif, judikatif dan administratif serta langkah-langkah lainnya yang telah mereka adopsi untuk melaksanakan ketentuan-ketentuan Konvensi Penghapusan Segala Bentuk Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Konvensi),.Komite akan mempelajari laporan RDK tanggal 11 Juli 2013 di hadapan delegasi perwakilan pemerintah Kongo.

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.