A silent war is being waged against the indigenous people and local communities who are defending their lands against the expansion of industry. Environmental and human rights defenders face significant — and growing — risks, experiencing violence, intimidation and criminalisation as a result of their efforts.
In September 2019, our partner in Guyana, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), published a report on the land tenure situation of 20 indigenous communities in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region.
The development of community forests is gaining momentum in Central Africa. They can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities.
In the absence of a land tenure system establishing clear collective ownership rights, community forestry now appears to be the most efficient option to secure customary land tenure in Congo. However, despite the opportunities that community forestry offers for IPLCs to secure customary land rights and improve their livelihoods, a number or constraints and challenges persist in relation to land tenure insecurity and overlapping.
The overall aim of this note is to gather perceptions held by local and indigenous communities currently managing, or setting up, community forests in Cameroon.
In response to the issuance of a decree assigning a large part of their ancestral lands to an oil palm company, indigenous Bagyeli communities -as well as the national and international NGOs and associations who support them- have issued a statement calling on the Cameroonian Government to reconsider their actions and to protect the lands and te
Amicus Curiae Brief submitted by Global Justice Centre of New York and Forest Peoples Programme to the Civil Court of San Martin in the Case of the Kichwa Native Community of Nuevo Lamas vs Regional Government of San Martin and the Natural Protected Areas Service of Peru (SERNANP).
This technical submission into the CBD process for elaborating a post-2020 global biodiversity framework provides views from the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, the International Women’s Biodiversity Network, Forest Peoples Programme, and several indigenous peoples' organisations and networks.
Today, on the 70th Anniversary of the International Declaration on Human Rights, the Gbabandi platform has launched their report on citizenship of indigenous forest peoples in Cameroon.
Amicus Curiae Brief submitted by Global Justice Centre of New York and Forest Peoples Programme to the Constitutional Court of Peru in the Case of the Santa Clara Native Community of Uchunya v. Regional Government of Ucayali and the company Plantaciones de Pucallpa
The South Rupununi District Council (“SRDC”) present the Wapichan Environmental Monitoring Report, a case study which details the work of their Monitoring Programme in relation to the mining at Marudi Mountain; and presents their recommendations and requests.
Indonesian, Liberian and International NGOs have just filed five (5) new complaints against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), after its failure to comply with RSPO standards.
Adopted at the National Toshaos Conference, July 2018
Letter from ‘Special project of the central Huallaga and lower Mayo’ (PEHCBM) on the 28th September 2018 to the authorities of the regional government of San Martin (GORESAM)
These Briefs were prepared for rural community leaders in Kenya. The major and longer document (Brief 3), identifies legal support and constraints for community land security in Kenya. This is prefaced by overviews of the situation globally (Brief 1), and in Africa (Brief 2).
This practical guide highlights the extent of recognition of customary land rights of forest-dependent communities in the DRC.