PRESS INFORMATION - EMBARGOED for 04:00 GMT Wednesday, 30 November 2011
A new report published today by Peruvian indigenous organisations, AIDESEP, FENAMAD and CARE, and international human rights organisation the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), reveals the impact that REDD projects and programmes are already having on the lives of indigenous peoples. The reality of REDD+ in Peru: Between theory and practice - Indigenous Amazonian Peoples’ analyses and alternatives finds that REDD pilot projects run by some NGOs and companies are already undermining the rights of indigenous peoples, and are leading to carbon piracy and conflicts over land and resources. Persistent advocacy efforts by indigenous peoples’ organisations to secure respect for the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples have resulted in some government commitments to modify national REDD programmes financed by the World Bank. Nevertheless, solid guarantees for respect of these rights are yet to materialise.
Roberto Espinoza Llanos, coordinator of AIDESEP’s Climate Change Programme and one of the lead authors of the report, explains, “The commitments made by the previous government in 2011 were not made lightly, they were assumed by the State and approved in a global meeting of the World Bank’s FCPF [Forest Carbon Partnership Facility]. We hope that the present government and international entities like the World Bank will deliver on their promises to respect land and territorial rights. Continual monitoring will be necessary to make sure they keep their word.”
Summary of agreements reached between AIDESEP and MINAM (Ministry of Environment) regarding modifications to the Peru RPP, March 2011. Read them here in Spanish.
In Africa, Asia and Latin America alike, forest peoples are speaking out against the continuing violations of their rights imposed by development and conservation plans that ignore their interests and deny them a voice. They go beyond resistance, insisting on their own ways of managing their lives, lands and forests.
The planned expansion of the Camisea gas project within both Nahua territory and the Nahua/Kugapakori Reserve in South East Peru raises a series of legal, moral and social questions that address the complexities of a major gas project operating in the territories of isolated indigenous peoples.
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.
FPP and other NGOs highlight flaws in the independent verification of social conditions attached to Norwegian aid for forest and climate schemes in Guyana
Indigenous peoples' National Amazonian organisation in Peru proposes criteria and principles that should inform REDD programs in order to respect indigenous peoples and their rights in Peru. Presented at latest World Bank FCPF meeting in Dalat, Vietnam, 25 March 2011.
DALAT, Vietnam (23 March 2011) – A new report launched today at the 8th meeting of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) reveals that the Bank is not fulfilling its promises to protect the rights of forest peoples. Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and FERN exposes the World Bank’s failure to uphold its commitments on human rights and its engagement in never-ending changes to its social and environmental policies, weakening its accountability to affected communities and the public.
This Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and FERN report exposes ongoing serious problems in the World Bank's forest carbon fund, which is still failing to uphold the rights of forest peoples.