The RRI Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change are designed to foster critical reflection and learning on forest governance, the rights of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples, and forest tenure in the context of global action to combat climate change.
Forest Peoples Programme's submission to the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, providing comments on the revised draft of the Proposed FCPF Evaluation framework (of 7 March 2010)
Letter from leading forest policy, environment, human rights and social justice NGOs expresses concern that IFC's planned 250,000 hectare plantations expansion project could lead to illegality and impunity, environmental mismanagement, abuse of rights, impoverishment of rural peoples and exacerbate climate change.Letter to IFC
A team of indigenous representatives, known by many as 'the 10(c) team', will be attending the Fourteenth meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-14) to highlight persisting obstacles to effective protection and encouragement of their customary sustainable practices. They will advocate for a draft decision calling for better implementation of the commitments under CBD Article 10(c). Secure access to resources and genuine involvement in management of natural resources are part of the solution that the 10(c) team proposes.
There are growing concerns about the poor consultation and engagement of indigenous peoples in discussions on major forest and climate initiatives and the potential risks for their rights. This March, indigenous people were excluded from a meeting in Paris to launch a French-Norwegian initiative on REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation - Plus); concerns have been voiced by Guyanese indigenous peoples with reference to the ongoing REDD+-Low Carbon Development (LCD) strategy process in their country; and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has been elaborating on their Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) framework without clarifying how World Bank safeguards will be implemented.
Every spring we assess and report on our work over the past year as required by law and by our donors, but also to make our work more visible to our partners and supporters. Internal assessments of our programmes, carried out jointly with partners, are gradually being built into our work more systematically. Learning lessons from what works and what does not is vital to improving our work in order to make it more effective. However, methodical assessments are often a bit boring to read. This year we are experimenting with a new format with the aims of making our annual reports more succinct, more easily accessible through the internet and, we hope, more readable. Please feel free to let us know if you think this new style meets your needs.
At its 76th session held between 15 February and 12 March 2010, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) examined Cameroon's 15th to 18th periodic reports. Numerous violations of indigenous peoples' rights (particularly those of the Baka, Bakola, Bagyeli and Bedzang people) had been raised in an earlier report submitted to the Committee by a network of NGOs from Cameroon. The information communicated by civil society informed the dialogue between the Committee and the Cameroonian State. The Committee then issued a series of recommendations pertaining to the situation of the Baka, Bakola, Bagyeli and Bedzang peoples in Cameroon, which included the right to education, access to justice and safety in protected areas.