In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), millions of communities and indigenous peoples are not granted legal recognition because of poverty, lack of access to information, stereotypes and stigma.
Partnership, support and solidarity are key to the work of Forest Peoples Programme. In this time of political turmoil and uncertainty, FPP's underlying philosophy remains that sustained solidarity and support for specific struggles are the most effective pathway to enduring change.
Final Synthesis Report for a collaborative project financed by the Norwegian Embassy in Colombia and The Kingdom of the Netherlands (2014-2017). This report synthesizes the outcomes of a two-year, innovative, peoples-driven project that brought together Indigenous and Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia whose gold-rich ancestral lands are coveted and threatened by outside actors.
A clear, illustrated guide for communities explaining the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Performance Standard 7 on Indigenous Peoples (PS7). The guide has been updated to account for changes the IFC made in 2012.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is engaged in a land reform process under the Government’s action plan. A number of reforms for enhancing economic growth are planned, including those that relate to the principles established for governing property, and the use and management of land resources and improving their productivity and contribution to social development.
The Muinane people of the Colombian Amazon have published a book researched and written by their elders titled Fééne fíívo játyɨme iyáachimɨhai jíínɨje: Territorio primordial de vida de la descendencia del Centro. Memorias del territorio del Pueblo Féénemɨnaa Gente de Centro.
This document contains Volume VII of the series of compilations of United Nations human rights bodies’ jurisprudence pertaining to indigenous peoples.
Indonesian NGOs Pusaka and Greenpeace Indonesia along with 7 local Papuan organisations have just released a statement and report from a Conference held in Sorong, West Papua, in December last year where activists reviewed the problems facing the people and forests of Papua and West Papua from forestry and land concessions.
The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is pleased to present a new comprehensive study on the lack of tenure security faced by indigenous communities in Guyana’s Northwest District. ‘Our Land, Our Life: A participatory assessment of the land tenure situation of indigenous peoples in Guyana’ was published in collaboration with UK non-governmental organisation Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).
A publication bringing together the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity has been officially launched at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico.
As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence come to a close today, FPP reflects on the actions needed now to concretely and effectively address the role and position of women fighting for the collective rights of their peoples. In this context we are pleased to present a follow-up new report on the International Workshop on Indigenous Women’s Rights, Land and Resources.
Since the 1960s, the Sengwer peoples of western Kenya have been experiencing forced evictions from their home in the name of conservation. Since 2014, these evictions have intensified.
The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights released this report into the human rights impacts of major food and beverage supply chains, highlighting problems communities face in seeking redress for harms and the impacts on land rights of the global expansion of commodity supply chains.
The national indigenous peoples’ alliance in Indonesia, the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) have submitted a critical update to the UN Human Council’s Universal Periodic Review as the HRC prepares to review the human rights situation in Indonesia. Important threats to the security of indigenous peoples in the country are highlighted, as are recent legal changes in the country.
The Forest Peoples Programme, along with over 100 other organisations, has called on the Green Climate Fund to develop it’s own Environmental and Social Management System and to develop and adopt an indigenous peoples’ policy before considering allowing any high risk projects in its portfolio.
Based on the experiences of Amerindian communities in Guyana, this briefing presents some of the main causes of forest conflicts in the country as well as recommendations for how to address these. In particular, the document presents the following points: • Lack of full recognition of indigenous peoples’ land rights in line with international law, absence of effective FPIC procedures and limited transparency in forest governance are key underlying causes of forest-related conflicts in Guyana;
A new study by Forest Peoples Programme, published in Policy Matters, explores the challenges that certification systems face upholding indigenous peoples’ rights.
Monrovia, June28, 2016The Civil Society Working Group on Land Rights Reform in Liberia, endorsed by the national Civil Society Council of Liberia, has been involved in intense and persistent advocacy work to raise awareness around land reforms in the country, particularly to get the general public to demand the passage of the Land Rights Act (LRA).
In 2014 and 2015, the President of Liberia Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, submitted to the National Legislature drafts of the Land Rights Act (LRA) and Land Authority Act (LAA), respectively. However, after two public hearings, the LAA remains in the Legislature with limited public information on the status of the LRA. The CSO working group has made several attempts to ascertain as to what actions are being taken, including changes made to the draft LRA.
In 2010, Cameroon and the European Union signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber and derived products. One apparently positive element highlighted by the European Union and civil society organisations has been the inclusion of a 'transparency annex' in the document, which aimed to "make information available for public scrutiny to improve transparency and accountability".
Forest peoples and indigenous organisations in Asia, Africa, and South and Central America have made considerable progress over the last year in their work to secure their rights. Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) has continued to support forest peoples’ efforts to gain ownership of their lands, aiming to ensure that their voices are heard across the complex political and social global landscape as they assert their human rights.