The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is pleased to present a new comprehensive study on the lack of tenure security faced by indigenous communities in Guyana’s Northwest District. ‘Our Land, Our Life: A participatory assessment of the land tenure situation of indigenous peoples in Guyana’ was published in collaboration with UK non-governmental organisation Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).
Based on the experiences of Amerindian communities in Guyana, this briefing presents some of the main causes of forest conflicts in the country as well as recommendations for how to address these. In particular, the document presents the following points: • Lack of full recognition of indigenous peoples’ land rights in line with international law, absence of effective FPIC procedures and limited transparency in forest governance are key underlying causes of forest-related conflicts in Guyana;
More than four years after the signing of the Guyana-Norway MoU, this special report seeks to assess the quality of treatment of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana’s national policies on land, low carbon development and forests. The review draws on extensive community visits and policy analyses conducted by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) between 2009 and 2013.
To Mrs Cristiana Pasca-PalmerHead of Unit (Climate change, Environment, Natural resources, Water)Directorate General Development and CooperationEuropean CommissionRue de la Loi 200B-1049 Brussels
Re: Guyana – EU VPA negotiation
Cristiana Pasca-PalmerHead of Unit (Climate change, Environment, Natural resources, Water)Directorate General Development and CooperationEuropean CommissionRue de la Loi 200B-1049 Brussels
Whenever someone remarks that a solution is being frustrated by ‘lack of political will’, I automatically ask myself: whose is the political will and what are the interests pushing for the opposite?
This urgent communication by FPP and APA has been submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights Obligations relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment, the UN Special Rapporteur on to the
Brief report summarising key findings of a rapid survey of income-generating initiatives among indigenous peoples in Guyana, including a review of possible alternatives to mining. The research was carried out by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) in collaboration with the North-South Institute (NSI).
The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments and observations on the revised draft Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) Guyana of April 2010.
Statement by participants,including Toshaos, village leaders, regional leaders, district leaders, community leaders, and APA Executive LeadersGeorgetown, Guyana 2-8 March 2010
Comments on the draft Readiness Preparation Proposal (RPP) September 2009A. Strengths:The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) notes several important and helpful revisions to previous R-Plan now known as the RPP, including:
Amid growing concerns regarding top-down climate and low carbon development policies, Amerindian leaders met in Georgetown to identify risks and opportunities stemming from these initiatives. This document contains a summary of the discussions and the outcome of the meeting.
Submitted by the Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana (APA) and the FPP(See also Original submission and Concluding Observations, 2006)
on the adoption of racially discriminatory legislation by the Republic of Guyana