Resources

News

Latest news, analysis and press information from Forest Peoples programme. Click here to subscribe to FPP's news updates. Our monthly news contains updates on the current issues affecting FPP's partners, forest communities and indigenous peoples. You can also sign up to receive our press releases and details of new publications.

BLOG: “Without our forest, we have no life, we disappear”

*Jean-Jacques, a member of one of Cameroon’s Baka Communities in the Ngoyla Mintom area, talks about being driven out of his ancestral forests, and the issues his people face on a daily basis through lack of land rights and lack of access to food, medicine and education.

Brazil 2018 - a glimmer of hope in difficult times

In the past month, Brazil's first indigenous woman was voted to Congress while the nation’s newly elected President is expected to pursue assimilation policies toward indigenous peoples and seek an end to demarcations of their lands and protections to the environment. 

Urgent action needed to halt the takeover of indigenous peoples’ lands for megaprojects in Indonesia

Urgent action is needed to halt the takeover of indigenous peoples’ lands for megaprojects in forested provinces like Kalimantan and Papua in Indonesia. The destruction of forests and rivers is undermining local indigenous livelihoods, and destroying ancestral lands. Between 40 and 70 million people in rural Indonesia depend on access to lands and resources, including water for drinking and sanitation, protected by customary laws.

Forest Peoples Programme continues to fight alongside local organisations for the rights of indigenous peoples to be upheld and calls on re-consideration of the projects by the Government of Indonesia, and has made the following submission to the ‘Asia-Pacific Regional consultation on the impact of mega-project on the human rights to water and sanitation’

Indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant communities of Colombia and Peru call for improved rights protections

On 25-26 September 2018 Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendant communities and human rights defenders from Peru and Colombia met in a binational workshop in Cauca (Colombia) with FPP and allies, including the Legal Defense Institute of Peru. At the end of the gathering, an open letter was adopted calling on governments, legal authorities, companies and the international community to take actions to improve legal protections for land security and human rights alongside more effective measures to penalise abusers, land grabbers and those responsible for violence and intimidation.

Legal win for Santa Clara de Uchunya

Breaking news: Historic legal decision for Peru's indigenous peoples as the nation's highest court agrees to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya.