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US Congress raises heat on World Bank over China fears

The US Congress is putting new pressure on the World Bank to preserve its social and environmental rules for projects in developing countries amid fears that the emergence of rivals  backed by China may force it to weaken standards.

The World Bank is next year expected to wrap up a review of its safeguards, which were introduced in the 1980s in response to criticism of environmental damage and rights violations linked to bank-funded megaprojects.

Situación de Salitre no es aislada, 71% de los territorios indígenas son ocupados ilegalmente, por lo menos en un 40%

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Los problemas entre indígenas del territorio de Salitre y finqueros, que aseguran haber comprado tierras en la zona, no son un hecho aislado en el país. Sólo dos territorios indígenas costarricenses -Telire, en Talamanca y Tayní, en Valle de La Estrella- son ocupados al 100 por ciento por indígenas.

Un estudio realizado por la organización internacional y con representación en el país, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), desnuda que el 71% de los territorios indígenas son ocupados ilegalmente, mínimo en un 40%.

Tanzania Indigenous Peoples Civil Societies voice serious concerns over proposed World Bank Environmental and Social Framework

Tanzania indigenous organisations have written to the World Bank to express their concern at the overall weakening of the policy requirements for indigenous peoples in the draft of the proposed World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS). Concerns include implications for the denial of the existence and rights of indigenous peoples under international human rights law, lack of meaningful and effective participation, forced eviction and lack of access to information.

Indonesia promises to address forest destruction

Indonesia’s new president sets himself a major challenge to clean-up bribery and corruption in the forestry industry.

By Patrick Anderson

In late November, after a month in his new job, Indonesia’s president Joko Widido (Jokowi), travelled to Riau Province, Sumatra, to see for himself the forest destruction that causes smoke and haze to blanket Sumatra, Malaysia and Singapore.

Indigenous forest peoples meet with head of UN human rights to urge integration of indigenous peoples' rights in combating climate change

On Monday 8th December indigenous peoples from around the world gathered in Lima to hold a public hearing with Vicky Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Assembling for the latest UN climate conference, indigenous peoples travelled to Peru to raise awareness about the destruction of their forests and call for a human-rights based approach to climate change. 

World Bank's Consultations a Big Failure

Two years ago, the World Bank decided to undergo a review of its environmental and social policies. At the time when this process was launched, the Bank stated that the multi-stage review was being undertaken in response to the need "to better address environmental and social issues that countries face today, to deliver better environmental and social outcomes in the projects and programs the Bank supports."

NGOs speak up on the different HCS initiatives

Eco-business published an exclusive article jointly written by FPP, Greenpeace, RAN and WWF, on the NGOs’ thinking on protecting high carbon stock (HCS) forests. They indicated that despite commitments by some companies to protect these forests, challenges still remain, namely the definition of HCS. They discussed the two main groups and initiatives underway, namely the HCS Approach Steering Group and the HCS Study initiated by the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto (SPOM) group, in determining the “HCS Approach”.

COP12 Agrees on the use of “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities” in Decisions and Secondary Documents under the Convention of Biological Diversity

With the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”, the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) was held from 6th to 17th October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Korea. The meeting aimed at raising international awareness on the essential role of biodiversity and its contribution to sustainable development, as well as at highlighting biodiversity in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Launch of the Whakatane Mechanism and new publication

Friday 14th November 17.30 to 19.00, at the WIN Pavilion

A Mechanism for promoting rights-based conservation through practical implementation of IUCN Resolutions, including redressing historical injustices and securing communities’ rights to their lands and territories.

Three pilot Whakatane Assessments are in progress in Kenya, Thailand, and DRC, and another in preparation in Indonesia. These will be presented and discussed at this official launch of the Mechanism, chaired by Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Chair of CEESP.

Peru’s government fails to tackle violence and forest destruction in the Peruvian Amazon

In April 2014, in a tragic premonition of what was to come, the leaders of Saweto, an Ashaninka village in the Peruvian Amazon, requested urgent measures from the Peruvian government to ‘prevent any attempt on our lives’. The threat had come from loggers ‘in reprisal’ for the community’s longstanding efforts to document and denounce illegal logging in their territory.

Pemerintah Peru gagal mengatasi kekerasan dan pengrusakan hutan di Peruvian Amazon

Pada bulan April 2014, dengan firasat tragis tentang apa yang mungkin akan terjadi, para pemimpin komunitas Saweto, sebuah desa Ashaninka di Peruvian Amazon, meminta agar pemerintah Peru mengambil langkah-langkah mendesak untuk 'mencegah setiap upaya untuk membunuh diri kami'. Ancaman tersebut datang dari para penebang yang melakukan 'pembalasan' atas upaya yang sejak lama dilakukan masyarakat untuk mendokumentasikan dan melaporkan pembalakan liar di wilayah mereka.

Conservation Projects That Harm Communities: Threats against community rights continue to rise in and around the Boumba Bek - Nki Conservation Area of Southeast Cameroon

The transfrontier TRIDOM area has been targeted for conservation for the past 20 years. Its cornerstones comprise Minkebe National Park in Gabon, Odzala Park in the Republic of Congo, the Dja Reserve and Boumba Bek-Nki Parks. The area is also home to many rural communities, including thousands of indigenous Baka whose livelihoods and culture have relied upon forest hunting and gathering across the region for many years.

Proyek Konservasi yang Merugikan Masyarakat: Ancaman terhadap hak-hak masyarakat terus meningkat di dalam dan di sekitar Kawasan Konservasi Boumba Bek – Nki di Kamerun Tenggara

Kawasan lintas negara TRIDOM telah ditargetkan untuk konservasi dalam 20 tahun terakhir. Yang membentuk sudut-sudut kawasan ini adalah Taman Nasional Minkebe di Gabon, Taman Odzaladi Republik Kongo, Cagar Alam Djadan Taman Boumba Bek-Nki. Daerah ini juga menjadi tempat tinggal bagi banyak masyarakat pedesaan, termasuk ribuan komunitas adat Baka yang mata pencaharian dan budayanya sejak lama bergantung pada berburu di hutan dan mengumpulkan hasil hutan di seluruh wilayah tersebut.