The fourteenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change will take place on 21-22 March 2013 at Centro de Convenciones COMPENSAR in Bogotá, Colombia, in collaboration with Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad,
The Second Regional Workshop on Gender and Land and Forest Tenure in Africa will take place from the 9th to the 14th of October 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has just released their 2011-2012 annual review on the state of rights and resources, "TURNING POINT: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order?"
In dialogue with parliament and the government
Compared to the 1990s and the start of the 21st century, the question of giving recognition to the indigenous peoples of Cameroon has, in recent years, become a central issue, if still in a somewhat tentative way.
Indeed, on the 1st and 2nd of September 2011 in Yaounde, Cameroon, parliament and the government held a dialogue on indigenous peoples. The meeting brought together members of the National Assembly (under the umbrella of the Parliamentarians’ Network, REPAR), representatives of ministries with projects affecting indigenous peoples, development partners, UN special representatives and a substantial delegation of indigenous peoples: Baka, Bakola, Bagyeli and Bororo. A new phenomenon was the willingness to consider what is involved in giving recognition to indigenous communities, as was demonstrated by the extensive question and answer sessions between the members of the National Assembly and the indigenous peoples.
The 9th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, co-organized with Forest Peoples Programme, Tebtebba and Forest Trends, took place in London, UK on 8 February 2011. The Dialogue drew together a number of key actors involved in REDD, including representatives from Indigenous Peoples organizations, governments of UK Mexico and Norway, the banking sector, NGOs and researchers.
The consensus emerging from the discussion was that REDD should not proceed before clear safeguards are put in place. Gregory Barker, British minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change outlined that before REDD projects take place, it is crucial to assess drivers of deforestation, secure clarity of land tenure and ensure equitable benefit-sharing for Indigenous Peoples. To that end, he assured that the UK government will apply safeguards in bilateral REDD agreements with Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Despite this commitment he avoided mentioning whether the UK would push for stronger safeguards in the readiness processes of the World Bank’s FCPF initiative.
The RRI Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change are designed to foster critical reflection and learning on forest governance, the rights of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples, and forest tenure in the context of global action to combat climate change.
The publication emphasises that the era of forests as 'hinterland' is over, forest lands are valuable and visible to all, and while there is lots of opportunity, there is also major risk of more conflict unless issues of tenure and governance are resolved. The report takes stock of such issues and identifies questions and challenges we may face in 2010. Read more: Link to The End of the Hinterland