New Publication from World Rainforest Movement - "Oil Palm in Africa: past, present and future scenarios"

 New Publication message from World Rainforest Movement:

"We are pleased to announce the publication Oil Palm in Africa: past, present and future scenarios by Ricardo Carrere. The publication is available in electronic format both in English and in French. In recent years, industrial oil palm plantations are expanding fast in many African countries, mainly driven by the international demand for palm oil and agrofuels. Local communities are already suffering from the impacts industrial plantations pose on their livelihoods. The publication shows both the expansion of industrial monoculture oil palm plantations and its many negative impacts on people and livelihood, while also highlighting the importance and many benefits of the traditional palm oil processing for local people in Africa, especially for women who play a crucial role in this system and are often most affected by the new industrial plantations and processing forms. Given the difficulty of accessing relevant information at a continental and even at country-level, the aim of the book is to provide the necessary information to concerned people and organizations so they can get involved in this very important issue. The book presents an overview of the situation of oil palm plantations expansion in 23 African countries.

Press Release: New study shows REDD may marginalize Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Cameroon

A new report by Forest Peoples Programme gives a critical and in-depth overview of the social aspects of projects intended to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Cameroon. REDD and Rights In Cameroon: A review of the treatment of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in policies and projects shows that Indigenous Peoples and local communities are unlikely to gain from REDD as it stands and they might even be harmed by it.

Even though Cameroon’s national “REDD readiness” process is only in its first stages, so-called “pilot” or sub-national REDD projects are proliferating all over the country, potentially affecting 30% of forested land. Many organisations are jumping into REDD projects without necessarily thinking about the people who live in, and have been caring for, these forests.

Toolkit on Indigenous women's rights in Africa - Information note #3: The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa: A mechanism for promoting the rights of women throughout the African continent

This Information Note forms part of a new Forest Peoples Programme publication entitled Indigenous women’s rights and the African human rights system: a toolkit on mechanisms that was be launched on April 28, 2011 during the session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia.

Launch of toolkit on Indigenous women's rights in Africa

A new publication entitled “Indigenous women’s rights and the African human rights system: a toolkit on mechanisms” will be launched at the end of April 2011 during the session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia. The toolkit was elaborated in consultation with local, regional, and international partners who work with indigenous women and indigenous peoples’ organisations. It consists of a series of informative notes that review human rights standards pertaining to indigenous women in Africa and the different mechanisms available to promote and ensure the protection of these rights. The toolkit aims at providing NGOs and indigenous women's organisations in Africa with a helpful resource to guide their effective use of the various African human rights mechanisms. The toolkit will be made available online and the launch will be officiated by Commissioner Soyata Maïga, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, who also contributed to the toolkit.

Endorois decision on indigenous peoples’ rights informs high level regional meeting in Africa

The land rights of indigenous peoples and human rights of minority communities were discussed in Kampala, Uganda on 4th March 2011 during the first East Africa Regional Dialogue on Minority Community Rights. The event came as a result of the collaboration of many national and international organisations including the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda, Forest Peoples Programme, Minority Rights Group International, Institute for Law & Environmental Governance, Uganda Land Alliance and Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment.  The dialogue was attended by representatives of indigenous peoples and minority communities from throughout the East African region as well as government and civil society organisations from Uganda and Kenya. Honoured guests included the Minister of State for Gender and Culture from Uganda and the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, former Commissioner of the African Commission Bahame Tom Nyanduga, representatives from the African Commission’s Working Group of Experts on Indigenous Populations/Communities, as well as indigenous leaders from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.