WWF, the World Bank and the Government of Cameroon have hailed the Ngoyla Wildlife Reserve in Cameroon as a success for conservation.
On July 23 and 24, under the canopy of the Nomedjo community forest, the Gbabandi Platform came together for its second General Assembly. Gbabandi comprises eight indigenous organisations, and over 100 Baka and Bagyeli attended the meeting, travelling from across Cameroon's forests.
In June 2019, environmental and human rights defenders are speaking at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn to look at how we can address the growing threats of violence and criminalisation of indigenous peoples and defenders as they fight for the survival of their forests, territories and communities.
In the absence of a land tenure system establishing clear collective ownership rights, community forestry now appears to be the most efficient option to secure customary land tenure in Congo. However, despite the opportunities that community forestry offers for IPLCs to secure customary land rights and improve their livelihoods, a number or constraints and challenges persist in relation to land tenure insecurity and overlapping.
The overall aim of this note is to gather perceptions held by local and indigenous communities currently managing, or setting up, community forests in Cameroon.
On top of a hill on the edge of the Northern Rift Valley in Kenya, the sun is warm but the air is fresh and cool. Moments ago, music of resistance filled the air as Sengwer women practiced traditional dance, song and solidarity.
FPP and signatory organisations from around the world have sent an Open Letter to WWF International, calling for thorough, fair and transparent investigations into serious allegations of abuses in WWF projects in Cameroon, Nepal, India and elsewhere.
In recent weeks, there has been significant press coverage of human rights abuses connected with the work of international conservation charities, including WWF.
For the Wampis Nation in the Peruvian Amazon, protecting their territory and living well go hand in hand with reclaiming and strengthening their own ancestral knowledge, wisdom, practices and customs.
Three interlinked environmental catastrophes are facing the world, and a fourth crisis highlights where the solution lies:
A Special Economic Zone in Chiang Khong, northern Thailand, could bring valuable investment into the area. But if it does go ahead, the wetland forests should be excluded to preserve the biodiversity of the local area, and to preserve the way of life of the local community.
At the end of three intense days of discussion, exchange and drafting, representatives from the Ik, Tepeth, Batwa, Benet and Ngikarimajong have released the Kisoro Memorandum, a definitive statement of their rights and expectations for support from their government and from other actors, including the UN system.
The violence the Sengwer have been experiencing at the hands of KFS has continued, but a series of subsequent events and reports have emphasised that a radical restructuring of the EU funded WaTER projects is required before it can be resumed.
For a long time, it has been thought that the protection of community rights and the conservation of nature were two contradictory goals. However, both visions are perfectly reconcilable.
A Supreme Court ruling has found that indigenous peoples who were forcibly evicted from their land in 2011 are to be given monetary compensation, rather than the return of their land.
At the UNPFII 2018 FPP is proud to be supporting the launch of the report from the 2017 Global Dialogue on Conservation and Human Rights (Kenya), together with the Cheptikale Indigenous Peoples Development Project, Swedbio, and Natural Justice, and to co-host a side event to advance discussions on what positive next steps are possible.