FPP's report of activities over the year 2010 is available here
The full programme of activities are audited annually by:
Petersons Accountants Ltd,Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors,Harvestway House,28 High Street,Witney,Oxfordshire, OX2 6RA.
Indigenous organisations in Peru make a plea for an extended public consultation period on the Draft Forest Law and call for major revisions to the government's top-down legislative plans for the forest sector, December 2010 (only available in Spanish).
In response to questioning from the Forest Peoples Programme, the UK Government has affirmed that the World Bank's revised strategy on palm oil, which is still being revised, must secure community tenure and Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The Government supports legal reforms where these rights are not secure. The UK Government says it supports the temporary ban on World Bank Group funding for the sector and wants this freeze maintained until an adequate strategy has been developed and reviewed by the Board of the World Bank.
Updated IWGIA - Tebtebba - Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact - Forest Peoples Programme community guide to REDD in Spanish, December 2010:
http://www.iphrdefenders.net is dedicated to help advance advocacy for indigenous peoples' rights and issues in the Asia region. Contributions of articles, statements, photos, videos and other documents on human rights are welcomed. This website will be linked to the main Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) website and the main website of the Asia Human Rights Monitoring System (ARMS) project of the Southeast Asia e-Media Center based in Malaysia.
Indigenous leader and President of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), who is leading a campaign in support of the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana, is reported to have received death threats. See Amerindian Peoples Association press release, December 2010.
In a letter to the Malaysian Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities, FPP and SawitWatch seek clarifications of the government's policies on oil palm and the protection of the customary rights of indigenous peoples. Just as the Federal Ministry seeks to allay international concerns about oil palm expansion, the Sarawak government has announced plans to double the extent of oil palm estates, including 'aggressive development' on customary lands.
In the early morning hours of Saturday 30th October, after two weeks of intense, late-night sessions and down-to-the wire negotiations, the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) at their 10th Conference (COP 10), adopted a “package” which consists of a protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, a new Strategic Plan, and a strategy for the mobilization of resources to effectively implement the convention. In addition, more than forty other Decisions were adopted, including Decisions on: Biodiversity and Climate Change; Protected Areas; Sustainable Use; and Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices. Indigenous peoples celebrated some victories, but also returned home with concerns.
While the President of Guyana was named a “Champion of the Earth” by the UN earlier this year in relation to his efforts to secure international support for forest protection and “low carbon” growth, some indigenous leaders and civil society organisations both inside and outside the country continue to expose and challenge the deep contradictions in the government’s forest and climate plans. In June 2010, the President of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) made a strong statement to the Sixth Participant’s Committee meeting of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) in Georgetown, asking why key land rights issues raised repeatedly by APA have still not been addressed in the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) latest REDD+ readiness proposals.
Indigenous Peoples and indigenous organisations in Paraguay have worked hard in 2010 to obtain guarantees from the government and the United Nations that any policy, decision or initiative relating to REDD readiness will respect their collective rights, including rights to land and the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Through its participation in the national REDD Committee, for example, the Coordinadora por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (CAPI) has stressed that the UN-REDD programme must comply fully with its own Operational Guidance on Indigenous Peoples. At the same time, CAPI has insisted that the government must fulfil its obligations under international and regional human rights treaties that the country has ratified.
In October 2010, the head of the GEF, Monique Barbut, announced that the GEF would be developing safeguard policies. These safeguards will address the environmental and social impacts of projects, and specifically address the particular concerns of indigenous peoples. The safeguards will apply to all of the GEF’s Implementing and Executing Agencies and an external institution, or agency of some form, will monitor compliance. Indigenous peoples have seized this opportunity and have developed and presented a proposal to the GEF Council, outlining how a policy addressing their concerns could be developed.
After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.
While inter-governmental climate negotiations (UNFCCC) still face major stumbling blocks to achieving a global agreement on climate change finance, independent initiatives on REDD+ have multiplied in the past few months. At the same time, indigenous peoples continue to express concerns that insufficient measures are being taken to respect their rights. The Governments leading the ‘Interim REDD+ Partnership’, for example, have held meetings in recent months that have not given enough space for indigenous peoples’ participation. Meanwhile the key donor agencies in the ‘Partnership’ are seeking to harmonize their REDD-related activities and finance: the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has responsibility for ‘readiness planning’ and preparation activities (the so-called ‘first’ phase’) and then a ‘third phase’ of actual REDD actions; the World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme (FIP) has funds for a ‘second phase’ of implementing the ‘readiness plan’; and UN-REDD, which deals with measuring, reporting and verification (MRV), stakeholder engagement and indigenous peoples’ participation.