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Statement of the Forests and Communities Platform and representatives of indigenous communities on Cameroon's REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP)

As part of its REDD+ preparation, Cameroon submitted on 6 August 2012 the draft of its REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) managed by the World Bank. 

Following the recommendation of the national validation workshop held in Ebolowa, Cameroon in June 2012, members of Cameroonian civil society met as part of the Forests and Communities Platform (Plateforme Forêts et Communautés) from 11 to 13 September 2012, to analyse the strengths and areas for improvement of the R-PP.

The World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples’ experiences of the inscription of their lands and resources as World Heritage Sites, under the 1972 World Heritage Convention, have been widely varied. In some cases the Convention has been a tool for indigenous peoples to use in protecting their lands – the case of the Mirarr people in Kakadu, Australia, using the World Heritage Convention to halt Uranium mining in their lands stands out.

Konvensi Warisan Dunia dan Masyarakat Adat

Pengalaman masyarakat adat akan penetapan tanah dan sumber daya mereka sebagai Situs Warisan Dunia, di bawah Konvensi Warisan Dunia tahun 1972, berbeda-beda di banyak tempat. Dalam beberapa kasus Konvensi ini telah menjadi alat yang digunakan masyarakat adat dalam melindungi tanah mereka – salah satu kasus yang menonjol adalah kasus masyarakat Mirarr di Kakadu, Australia, yang menggunakan Konvensi Warisan Dunia untuk menghentikan penambangan Uranium di tanah mereka. Namun, teramat sering proses Konvensi Warisan Dunia, dan Komite yang mengawasi pelaksanaannya, jauh dari realita kehidupan masyarakat adat di tanah terkait. Dengan kurangnya keterlibatan masyarakat adat, kurangnya partisipasi penuh mereka dan kurangnya prosedur perundingan dan pencapaian persetujuan yang komprehensif, penetapan ini seringkali menghasilkan pelanggaran hak-hak masyarakat adat, seperti yang tercantum dalam Deklarasi PBB tentang Hak-Hak Masyarakat Adat.

Report by CEFAID questions the validity of the consultations in Cameroon for the World Heritage Site nomination of the Tri-National de la Sangha (TNS) protected area

The Tri-National de la Sangha (TNS) is a protected area with a landscape approach spanning three countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR) and the Republic of Congo. In 2010, the three countries jointly nominated the area as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This nomination was considered by the World Heritage Committee in June 2011.

Durban COP 17: UNFCCC fudges decision on climate finance and makes little progress on REDD+ safeguard implementation

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at their recent COP17 did not support performance indicators for reporting on the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights in REDD+. However, they did recognise that REDD+ benefits have to go beyond carbon to include biodiversity conservation and support for local livelihoods.

Forest Peoples Programme, with a delegation of indigenous peoples from Guyana, Kenya, Cameroon, Suriname and Peru, attended preparatory negotiations and the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, in late November/early December 2011. The main purpose of FPP’s attendance was to support the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and closely follow negotiations on REDD+ safeguards and finance.