This guidebook is published by SACCESS, a Sarawak NGO. The aim of the guidebook is to better inform and prepare Native Customary Rights (NCR) landowners in Sarawak who want to use the Malaysian civil courts to seek declaration of their lawful rights over their NCR Lands.
The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples.
An in-depth report by LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN and Forest Peoples Programme into the development of the Arun III hydropower project and the challenges it, and projects like it, pose to the Nepali government commitments to protect the rights and interests of indigenous peoples.
This paper is a comparative review of rights across a number of existing voluntary standards drawn from a technical workshop in Bangkok in October 2012 organised by Forest Peoples Programme with the support of RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, and the Rights and Resources Initiative.
The purpose of this background note is to identify some key issues and opportunities in the upcoming UNFCCC climate negotiations in Doha (26 November - 7 December 2012). The note will only focus on REDD+ and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Click here to read this conference paper, which was produced for the Medan Conference on Landgrabbing and Palm Oil Plantations in South East Asia.
This briefing, launched on the occasion of the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT10), draws together the key findings of fourteen studies on FPIC in RSPO member/certified plantations based on the RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) and related Indicators and Guidance, and makes recommendations for reforms in the way palm oil companies honour the principle of FPIC and respect customary rights to land.
The new publication by WEDO and the CBD Secretariat Gender Equality and the Convention on Biological Diversity: A Compilation of Decision Text compiles the gender-responsive language from all agreements in the history of the CBD. From preamble and shared vision text, to actionable language for programming and finance, the range of policy language has recognized that the integration of women's rights and gender equality issues into the
This report by FPP partner Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED) on the Cameroon Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) presents a complete analysis of the commitments contained in the Agreement and provides recommendations to the key actors of the process.Click here to read the report (only available in French).
Many decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) contain language on indigenous peoples and local communities*, for instance on their full and effective participation, impacts on their lands and livelihoods, the value and contribution of their traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use, and the need for support in capacity building.
FPP made detailed comments to the World Bank's IEG review of safeguards in 2010. Many of our comments made then remain fully valid for the current World Bank review and update process.
Joint NGO letter to World Bank President raising concerns about the Bank's Investment Lending Review (ILR) process and related initiatives including the Bank-IFC public private partnership (PPP) reform plans. The letter calls on the Bank to link the ILR Process to its wider safeguard update efforts to ensure consistency and prevent dilution of safeguard standards [September 2012].