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Annual Report 2014

Nearly all forests across the globe are inhabited. The peoples who live there have customary rights and have developed ways of life and traditional knowledge that are attuned to their forest environments.

Indigenous Peoples and United Nations Human Rights Bodies: A Compilation of UN Treaty Body Jurisprudence, Reports of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, and the Advice of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Volume VI

This is Volume VI, 2013-2014, of the series of compilations of United Nations treaty body jurisprudence pertaining to indigenous peoples. It covers the years 2013 and 2014.   It also contains the advice of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and selected observations and recommendations of ‘Special Procedures’ of the Human Rights Council, such as Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts. Contrary to previous volumes, it no longer contains the results of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.

Herakles abandons all operations in Mundemba and Toko concession areas, Cameroon

Herakles Farms, a New York based investment Firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) which has been under the spotlight of increasing local and international opposition for its intention to establish oil palm plantations in protected areas (including the iconic Korup National Park in south west Cameroon) has abandoned all operations in the Mundemba and Toko Subdivisions respectively and in Ndian Division on May 29, 2015.

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Statement to the ADP 3 June 2015

Indigenous peoples' caucus calls on government parties negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement under the UN Climate Convention to secure collective land rights, respect FPIC and recognise the positive contribution of indigenous peoples' customary land management systems to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Access the Statement: International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) statement to ADP, Bonn, June 2015

How are Indigenous Communities Benefiting from GPS Data Loggers?

What are GPS data loggers and how do they work?

A GPS data logger is an electronic device that records data over time or in relation to location. Generally they are small, battery powered, portable, and equipped with a microprocessor, internal memory for data storage and sensors.

Palmed Off - No Accountability, No Rights

The palm oil industry’s bad reputation has survived the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which commits member companies to social and environmental sustainability. The RSPO logo certification is visible on many everyday groceries containing palm oil.  However whilst RSPO boasts many of the biggest palm oil producers and buyers among its members, displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands, farms and forests is rife.

Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

"The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel."

Inga Dam in the DRC to Result in the Resettlement of up to 20,000 People

In March 2014, the World Bank Board of directors gave final approval for a grant of USD$73 million towards the construction of the Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River in the Bas Congo Province of the DRC.  Inga 3 represents the first phase of a vast programme to create the largest and most powerful hydroelectric network in the world, even surpassing the China’s Three Gorges Dam. 

UNDP Adopts New Social and Environmental Standards: A Welcomed Cut Above the Rest

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has adopted and made effective (as of 1 January 2015), new Social and Environmental Standards (SES or Standards).  They are accompanied by a revised Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) and two new compliance and accountability mechanisms: the Stakeholder Response Mechanism and the Social and Environmental Compliance Mechanisms (and "Unit" known as SECU).

Extraordinary Failures Exposed by Report into World Bank Financing of Resettlement

An investigative report reveals an extraordinary failure by the Bank to track and monitor the longer-term impacts of resettlement caused by Bank financing. The report, the work of a team of more than 50 reporters working in 21 countries, reveals a stunning total of 3.4 million people have been displaced by projects financed between 2004 and 2013.

Forthcoming Publication: Where They Stand

They are bound to that land, and they are its true custodians.”

Written by author and journalist Fred Pearce, Where They Stand reveals the reality of life for the Wapichan people. With detailed observations, Pearce documents their determined efforts to secure effective recognition of their customary land rights covering extensive rainforests in the Upper Essequibo basin and savannah grasslands, dry tropical forests and montane forest in the South Rupununi District of Guyana.