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Peruvian indigenous organisations insist that the World Bank establishes mechanisms to ensure that the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) in Peru respects their rights

On the eve of the Peruvian government's final consultation with indigenous peoples on the draft investment plan of the FIP, indigenous organisations expressed their cautious welcome of the latest version of the plan, which includes key agreements on their customary land rights reached with indigenous peoples. Nevertheless, they expressed their grave concern that last minute adjustments were made to the plan without their agreement.

Peru commits to respecting indigenous peoples’ rights to land and resources in its forest and climate plan: but will it keep its promise?

On 2 August 2013 indigenous organisations and representatives of the Peruvian government reached an agreement to modify controversial aspects of the government’s draft Forest Investment Plan (“FIP Plan”), an initiative financed by the World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme (FIP), to address deforestation. The plan was due to be presented to the World Bank’s FIP sub-committee in October 2013 but a draft version was roundly denounced by indigenous organisations in July as it continued to ignore indigenous proposals and violated Peru’s legal obligations to respect indigenous peoples’ rights to land and resources and the World Bank’s own safeguard policies. 

World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme in Peru denounced by indigenous organisations who demand suspension of consultation process

Yurimaguas, 10th July 2013: On the eve of a government consultation of indigenous peoples in Yurimaguas on the latest draft of its Forest Investment Plan, an initiative financed by the World Bank's Forest Investment Programme, to address deforestation, indigenous peoples organisations in the San Martin and Loreto regions of the Peruvian Amazon have rejected both the planned consultation as well as warned that the latest draft still fails to respect their rights. They highlight the failure of the Peruvian government to conduct consultation in good faith due to inadequate prior notice or allocation of sufficient time for the event as well as the failure to include the Candoshi, Shawi and Shiwilo peoples in the same consultation process. More seriously still they highlight that the current proposal includes plans for the creation of the Shawi regional conservation area (ACR Shawi), a new protected area that overlaps with indigenous peoples’ customary lands. They say that this plan has not respected indigenous peoples rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and, as a result, risks serious land and resource conflict with indigenous peoples.

National Indigenous Amazonian Peoples Organisation of Peru (AIDESEP) challenges the development of the World Bank's Forest Investment Programme (FIP) in Peru

In a letter addressed to senior government officials, representatives of the FIP and its international donors, AIDESEP highlight that the current effort to develop an investment plan fails to respect the rights of Peru's indigenous peoples. The letter highlights how failure to respect these rights not only violate the international legal obligations of Peru but also the FIP's own operational guidelines.

AIDESEP letter to FIP and FCPF highlighting their continued concerns with the National REDD strategy in Peru being financed by the World Bank

On the eve of the World Bank's Forest Investment Programme (FIP) joint mission to Peru and the meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Partcipants Commitee in Asuncion (PC 11), the national Indigenous Amazonian peoples federation of Peru (AIDESEP) have sent a letter to the FIP and FCPF informing them of their serious concerns regarding the development of the FIP strategy for Peru and the broader national REDD strategy.