The South Rupununi District Council (“SRDC”) present the Wapichan Environmental Monitoring Report, a case study which details the work of their Monitoring Programme in relation to the mining at Marudi Mountain; and presents their recommendations and requests.
In Guyana, communities are suffering because they do not have title to the full extent of their traditional lands, or have no title at all. This report seeks to present a detailed picture of the current status of land rights for communities in the Potaro-Siparuni region (Region 8) in west-central Guyana.
The global forest crisis is worsening and infringements of the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities are rising, according to a detailed assessment of nine country cases. Climate change mitigation and conservation policies must place community land rights and human rights centre-stage if they are to achieve the goal of sustainably reducing deforestation says the report.
What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?
Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.
Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.
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
Balancing human beings’ need for decent livelihoods against the imperative of securing our environment is, arguably, the biggest challenge facing our planet. This struggle between ‘development’ and ‘conservation’ is being played out in global policy negotiations, with the decisions of so-called policy-makers being imposed on the ground. But not everything is or should be ‘top down’. Enduring solutions also spring from the grassroots, from the ‘bottom up’.
Final report of the Amerindian Peoples Association/Forest Peoples Programme/North-South Institute project on 'Indigenous perspectives on consultation and decision-making about mining and other natural resources: toward community strengthening, dialogue and policy change'
Statement by participants,including Toshaos, village leaders, regional leaders, district leaders, community leaders, and APA Executive LeadersGeorgetown, Guyana 2-8 March 2010
Leaders express their concerns about the Low Carbon Development Strategy/REDD+ plans (LCDS/REDD+) currently being elaborated by the Government of Guyana.
For summary Workshop Report - see Related Reports
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.
Indigenous peoples' statement on regional infrastructure development plans for the Guiana Shield region
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