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.
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A guide for indigenous peoples to the concepts underlying REDD(+), the international negotiations, financing systems and the relevance of UNDRIP to these proposed initiatives.
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
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.
World Bank president responds to joint NGO letter on palm oil sector strategy, promising an extension in the process
Letter from FPP and NGOs regarding continuing concerns about the World Bank palm oil strategy
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
Focusing on the the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Area Complex in CAR, this briefing highlights some key issues that need to be addressed to ensure that potential plans for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) are sustainable and are developed in a way that respects human rights.
An analysis of the REDD-related discussions and developments in the June 2010 session of the UNFCCC and beyond
A collaborative statement presented at the UN's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples regarding the obligations and responsibilities of UN agencies (with focus on the International Finance Corporation) to promote and respect the Declaration.
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.