Groundbreaking study carried out by indigenous peoples in Guyana highlights land tenure insecurity and urgent need for reform

The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is pleased to present a new comprehensive study on the lack of tenure security faced by indigenous communities in Guyana’s Northwest District. ‘Our Land, Our Life: A participatory assessment of the land tenure situation of indigenous peoples in Guyana’ was published in collaboration with UK non-governmental organisation Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).

Pinpointing problems – seeking solutions: A rapid assessment of the underlying causes of forest conflicts in Guyana

Based on the experiences of Amerindian communities in Guyana, this briefing presents some of the main causes of forest conflicts in the country as well as recommendations for how to address these. In particular, the document presents the following points: • Lack of full recognition of indigenous peoples’ land rights in line with international law, absence of effective FPIC procedures and limited transparency in forest governance are key underlying causes of forest-related conflicts in Guyana; 

Indigenous peoples in Guyana call for strong protections for customary land rights and application of FPIC in timber trade agreement with the EU

In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.

The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]

Action on land rights and FPIC are key to effective forest and climate initiatives - finds new APA and FPP special report on Guyana

Guyana has been a major proponent of international funding for avoided deforestation in tropical countries. In 2009 the government signed an MOU with the Kingdom of Norway under an agreement to reduce deforestation, pursue low carbon (non-fossil fuel) development and enter into negotiations with the EU on a trade treaty under the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. Almost five years after the signing of this bilateral agreement, how are indigenous peoples’ rights and local benefit sharing issues being addressed in Guyana’s land use, forest and climate policies?

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Climate Policies in Guyana: a special report


More than four years after the signing of the Guyana-Norway MoU, this special report seeks to assess the quality of treatment of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana’s national policies on land, low carbon development and forests. The review draws on extensive community visits and policy analyses conducted by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) between 2009 and 2013.

Indigenous peoples’ organisations and international NGOs call for slowdown of Guyana-EU FLEGT process

In April and May 2013 the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) of Guyana and a consortium of European NGOs, including Forest Peoples Programme, sent letters to the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the European Commission (EU) respectively, expressing concerns about rushed consultation processes and a lack of meaningful participation by forest dependent communities in the FLEGT process. 

Una organización de pueblos indígenas y varias ONG internacionales piden que se frene el proceso FLEGT de Guyana y la UE

En abril y mayo de 2013 la Asociación de Pueblos Amerindios (APA) de Guyana y un consorcio de ONG europeas, entre las que se incluye el Forest Peoples Programme, enviaron sendas cartas a la Comisión Forestal de Guyana (GFC por sus siglas en inglés) y la Comisión Europea (CE) expresando su inquietud ante los acelerados procesos de consulta y la falta de participación significativa de comunidades que dependen de los bosques en el proceso FLEGT. 

Une organisation de peuples autochtones et des ONG internationales appellent à un ralentissement du processus FLEGT de l’UE au Guyana

En avril et mai 2013, l’Association des peuples amérindiens (APA) du Guyana et un consortium d’ONG européennes, dont le Forest Peoples Programme, ont envoyé des lettres respectivement à la Commission forestière du Guyana (GFC) et à la Commission européenne (UE), qui faisaient part de leurs préoccupations concernant des processus de consultation bâclés et un manque de participation effective des communautés tributaires de la forêt au processus FLEGT.