Malaysia - FPP and SawitWatch query government oil palm policy

In a letter to the Malaysian Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities, FPP and SawitWatch seek clarifications of the government's policies on oil palm and the protection of the customary rights of indigenous peoples. Just as the Federal Ministry seeks to allay international concerns about oil palm expansion, the Sarawak government has announced plans to double the extent of oil palm estates, including 'aggressive development' on customary lands.

Swimming Against the Current:The Teribe Peoples and the El Diquis Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica, Report by the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law

Students from the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law traveled to Costa Rica in the spring of 2010 to investigate the proposed creation of the largest hydroelectric project of its kind in Central America and its impact on the indigenous Teribe people. In violation of international human rights law, the Costa Rican government is proceeding without the consultation with and the free, prior and informed consent of the Teribe people who live on the proposed site. The Human Rights Clinic published the following report in English and in Spanish: Swimming Against the Current: The Teribe Peoples and the El Diquis Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica

Indigenous Caucus' proposals for outcomes at UNFCCC COP16, developed at the Technical Workshop with States on UNFCCC Negotiations, Xcaret, Mexico, September 2010

From 27-29 September, 2010, the Mexican government hosted the “International Technical Workshop of Indigenous Peoples and States (Norway, Denmark, Peru, Bolivia, Maldives, Tuvalu, and Panama) on the UNFCCC Negotiations" in Xcaret, during which regional representatives of the Indigenous Caucus developed proposals for outcomes at UNFCCC COP 16.

IFC review of its Sustainability Policy and Performance Standards

FPP's submission to the IFC review of its safeguard framework, with specific emphasis on the issues of information disclosure, inaccurate categorisation of projects and the need to adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent.July 2010

Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Making FPIC work for Forests and Peoples

The right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold their free prior and informed consent to projects, laws and policies that may affect their rights is affirmed in international law. Making this right effective is more challenging: and what should private sector companies do to ensure they respect this right? This 'scoping paper'has been prepared by FPP for The Forests Dialogue to stimulate an interactive discussion about how to respect FPIC in practice among all those concerned about forests and rights.

Scoping paper prepared for The Forest Dialogue's (TFD) FPIC Initiative.