Analysis and recommended text changes for the proposed Environmental and Social Safeguards under consideration at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 40th Council meeting in May 2011.
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The Federation for the Self -Determination of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) in Paraguay has published a Protocol for free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). The guidelines are issued as a general FPIC framework applicable to all decisions, measures, projects and programmes, including forest and climate change projects and programmes, that may affect indigenous peoples' lands, territories and resources and other rights and interests in general. Only available in Spanish.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, S. James Anaya, visited Costa Rica on an official mission from 24-27 April 2011. His visit responds to an Urgent Request made by Forest Peoples Programme’s (FPP) partners in Costa Rica: Kus Kura S.C. and a number of Térraba indigenous peoples’ organisations.
The Urgent Request highlighted critical issues that the Térraba people are facing in their traditional lands, including: first, the denial of their territorial rights, and the massive encroachment on their lands by non-indigenous persons; second, the threat of irreparable harm caused by the proposed Diquís Dam that will permanently flood 10 percent of the Térraba lands (this will also affect other indigenous peoples as seven different indigenous territories are within the Térraba River basin); and third, the absence of effective judicial remedies to address the imposition of political-administrative structures in each territory (primarily local government bodies that are not fully accountable to indigenous peoples and are not their preferred form of political organisation).
On the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations in Paraguay, the Federation for the Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) highlights grave historical and current injustices affecting indigenous peoples in the country, including ongoing expropriation of lands and territories by industrial farmers, ranchers and loggers. The statement calls for legal and judicial reforms, effective means of redress, compensation for past damages and the legal adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Only available in Spanish.