Indigenous peoples and local communities have recently sought to regain rights over local resources and establish community-based resource management. Article for the IUCN's Parks series on community conserved areas (CCAs)
FPP analysis of the Liberian Forestry Law within the context of international human rights and environmental law. The report recommends retaining the current moratorium on timber exportation until issues such as land tenure and community rights have been clearly defined and safeguards are in place to ensure that income from logging will benefit the people of Liberia.
The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) commenced here with hundreds of delegates deliberating on diverse issues ranging from community control of forests, environmental politics and livelihood, privatisation of forests - role of International Financial Institutions and future of forest communities, and challenges before the youth.
The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers concluded with a unanimous resolution to bring community leaders from various forest movements into the forefront of the national struggle for achieving community control over forests. NFFPFW sees this as an historic juncture for the forest movement in the country and recognized the importance of bringing women and youth into the decision making process.
Drawing on five long-term case studies carried out by FPP with indigeneous peoples' organisations in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Cameroon and Thailand, the paper summarises field data which reveal the remarkable complexity of customary law systems. It proposes a mehtodology for strengthening traditional practices to ensure sustainable use and ensuring that state interventions align with countries' obligations under the CBD and other relevant international treaties.
Contribution to the implementation of Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Four Baka communities mapped their use of their forests using GIS. These maps, together with an outline of the local administrative and socio-political structures and a record of Baka beliefs and rituals, identify the tension between communities’ customary forest use and conservation objectives. This report aims to help improve implementation of the CBD in Cameroon.
This report is the outcome of a participatory research project carried out among four highland communities in Thailand. It provides a unique record of the knowledge, customs and traditions of the Hmong and Karen peoples in their management and sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity.
Highland Mapping Development and Biodiversity Management Project, Inter-Mountain Peoples' Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) with Forest Peoples Programme
Wa Wiizi - Wa Kaduzu Our territory - Our Custom Customary Use of Biological Resources and Related Traditional Practices within Wapichan Territory in Guyana - an indigenous case study
This study summarises how the Wapichan people in Guyana customarily use biological resources within their traditional territory in the South Rupununi, and explores the opportunities and challenges relating to effective implementation of article 10(c) of the CBD at the local and national level.
Marauny Na’na Emandobo / Lokono Shikwabana (“Marowijne – our territory”) - Traditional use and management of the Lower Marowijne area by the Kaliña and Lokono
Conceived as a tool to aid Suriname to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this report describes traditional methods of hunting, fishing, house- and boat-building and also details the customary laws and practices followed by these peoples to ensure that their use of the flora and fauna safeguards the rich biodiversity of the area.