Victoria Tauli-CorpuzExecutive Director, TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesPoznan, Poland, 10 December 2008It is with great sadness that today, the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, some States have denied indigenous peoples of their rights at the 14th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC.
Indigenous peoples, local communities and NGOs challenge the removal of their rights from UNFCCC decision on REDD
We, the undersigned representatives of indigenous peoples, local communities and non-governmental organizations monitoring the progress of negotiations in Poznan are outraged that the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand opposed the inclusion of recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in
FPP and Fern release new report Cutting Corners - World Bank's forest and carbon fund fails forests and peoples
A new report by the Forest Peoples Programme launched today demands greater accountability from HSBC, the biggest bank funding the palm oil sector in South East Asia. The fast-expanding palm oil sector is known to be a major driver of deforestation and the take-over of indigenous peoples' lands without their consent. Conflicts between indigenous peoples and palm oil companies are widespread in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Ever since the much-awaited implementation of the historic Forest Rights Act 2006 (FRA) had started in North Bengal, the State Government did everything possible to slaughter it. Grossly illegal orders were issued from the Writers Buildings, and the Government Officers in charge of the process have succeeded to make a mockery of the provisions of the Law.
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A recent independent NGO report on the World Bank-funded Lanco Power Station project in Chhattisgarh, India shows serious negative consequences for local communities, including loss of land, polluted rivers and receding water levels. The project is funded by the private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which adopted in 2006 a new set of social and environmental safeguards, which the report finds have not been properly applied.
Two reports (see RELATED REPORTS) by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) were launched at an event in the House of Commons, London, today.
First, let me welcome you as the Director of the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), which is a UK-based human rights organisation that promotes the rights of peoples who live in forests.
Thank you Marcus, and thank you Mr. Horwood for your work and for hosting this event. It is truly an honor to be here to launch these new reports. It's also an honor to follow Marcus Colchester, who's made outstanding contributions to the recognition of indigenous people's rights around the world, and to precede Joji Cariño and Kyeretwie Opoku, two well recognized leaders on these issues in Asia and Africa.
Good evening everyone. It is a pleasure to be here with you to talk about a new global agenda for forests.
I would like to congratulate the Rights and Resources Initiative on the two important pieces of work that are being published today.
Last December at a meeting at Chatham House I announced a five-year programme of DFID support to RRI, and it is pleasing to see an early return on that investment.
As demand soars for new sources of food, energy and wood fibre, without strong land rights, vulnerable forest communities face greater poverty, violent conflict, and few benefits from carbon sales according to studies delivered at an event in the House of Commons hosted by Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham.
Bonn, Germany The findings of two new reports launched today at the Convention on Biological Diversity emphatically demonstrate that global biodiversity will continue to be lost if Protected Areas fail to recognise and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. The research, conducted in the largest mangrove forest in the world, conversely shows that customary use is fully compatible with conservation and sustainability.
This morning Indigenous Peoples' representatives formally withdrew from the meeting of the Working Group on Protected Areas of the international Convention on Biological Diversity to protest the suppression of their effective participation at the meeting, being held this week at FAO headquarters in the Italian capital.
Marcus Colchester, FPP's director, urges conservationists to reject external land purchase as the solution to forest protection. FPP believes in and campaigns for the full recognition of rights of indigenous and other forest-dependent peoples to secure their customary lands and forests and maintains that this is the most just - and effective - way of ensuring forest conservation. Article by John Vidal, The Guardian newspaper, UK 13 February 2008