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

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. To ensure that such problems do not recur they insist that mechanisms to ensure indigenous peoples' full and effective participation in the implementation of the programme are established, including ensuring that their right to Free, Prior and Informed consent to projects to be implemented under the FIP is respected. Finally, to ensure that a good faith dialogue is maintained, they insist that the World Bank guarantees the participation of indigenous organisations at the next meeting of the FIP sub-committee on 30th October in Washington DC, where Peru's plan is scheduled to be discussed.

Read the statement made by indigenous organisations in Spanish or in English