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Promised Land: Palm oil and land acquisition in Indonesia – Implications for local communities and indigenous peoples

Oil palm plantations are expanding to meet escalating demand for edible oils and new markets for biofuels - of which Indonesia plans to secure a large share. But the widespread forest clearasnce to cater for this expansion has major implications for rural Indonesians, affecting settlements, ecosystems, trade activities and government agencies. This research documents the issues affecting local communities and their recommendations for national reforms to safegurad their rights under international law.

Conference demands that Indian government passes Forest Bill - Ranchi, India

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) commenced here with hundreds of delegates deliberating on diverse issues ranging from community control of forests, environmental politics and livelihood, privatisation of forests - role of International Financial Institutions and future of forest communities, and challenges before the youth.

Community leaders to take charge of forest governance - Ranchi, India

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers concluded with a unanimous resolution to bring community leaders from various forest movements into the forefront of the national struggle for achieving community control over forests. NFFPFW sees this as an historic juncture for the forest movement in the country and recognized the importance of bringing women and youth into the decision making process.

Ghosts on our own land: Oil palm smallholders in Indonesia and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

'It's as if we are ghosts on our own land. We have been so pierced through by the spines on the oil palm that we are almost dead, left haunting what was once our own land. We don't usually say this, but this is how it is really. We need to make our case ourselves and explain how the oil palm is hurting us.' The words of a participant at one of the many workshops documented in this illustrated book which addresses the principles and practicalities of standard setting in palm-oil production under the umbrella of the 'Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil' (RSPO).

ISBN 979-15188-2-3    Also available in Bahasa as a book from the FPP office: info@forestpeoples.org

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN ATTACHED HERE IN SECTIONS DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE FILES. THERE IS ALSO A PDF TEXT ONLY VERSION. HARD COPY OF BOOK AVAILABLE FROM FPP OFFICE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND BAHASA.

United Naga Council says "No" to Tiapimukh Dam: The Free Press

(NNN): Even as the pros and cons parties of the construction of the controversial Tipaimukh Dam are being debated on the media platform off and on, the United Naga Council (UNC) has, once and for all, resolved never to allow the construction of the dam at any cost.

This firm decision of the Naga organisation was taken in the October 20 special session of the UNC at Tahamzam (Senapati).

Social conflict and environmental disaster A report on Asia Pulp and Paper's operations in Sumatra, Indonesia

By Rivani Noor and Rully Syumanda - discusses the social, economic and environmental impacts of APP's operations. Chapter One - an overview of Indonesia's forestry industry development paradigm, which led to the industrial tree plantation policy (or Hutan Tanaman Industri [HTI]) to satisfy the pulp and paper industry's demand for raw materials. Two - an overview of APP and its operations in Sumatra. Three - the environmental impacts of APP's operations in the provinces of Riau and Jambi.

Indigenous knowledge, customary use of natural resources and sustainable biodiversity management: Case study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand - 10(c) Case Study

This report is the outcome of a participatory research project carried out among four highland communities in Thailand. It provides a unique record of the knowledge, customs and traditions of the Hmong and Karen peoples in their management and sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity.

Highland Mapping Development and Biodiversity Management Project, Inter-Mountain Peoples' Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) with Forest Peoples Programme