Recursos

Swimming Against the Current:The Teribe Peoples and the El Diquis Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica, Report by the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law

Students from the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law traveled to Costa Rica in the spring of 2010 to investigate the proposed creation of the largest hydroelectric project of its kind in Central America and its impact on the indigenous Teribe people. In violation of international human rights law, the Costa Rican government is proceeding without the consultation with and the free, prior and informed consent of the Teribe people who live on the proposed site. The Human Rights Clinic published the following report in English and in Spanish: Swimming Against the Current: The Teribe Peoples and the El Diquis Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica

The IFC extends review of its Performance Standards and related policies

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, announced in 2009 that it would be reviewing the social and environmental policies and standards that it uses to guide and regulate its lending in vulnerable sectors. This review has been on-going and has seen extensive engagement by civil society and by indigenous peoples’ representatives and organisations.  Although the review was expected to end in August 2010, the IFC has just announced an extension to this process.

La IFC prolonga la revisión de sus normas de desempeño y las correspondientes políticas

En 2009 la Corporación Financiera Internacional (IFC por sus siglas en inglés), el brazo del Banco Mundial para el sector privado, anunció que examinaría las políticas y normas sociales y ambientales que aplica para guiar y regular sus préstamos en sectores vulnerables. Estearevisión se ha estado realizando con una amplia participación de la sociedad civil y representantes y organizaciones de los pueblos indígenas. Aunque estaba previsto que la revisión terminase en agosto de 2010, la IFC acaba de anunciar una prolongación de este proceso.

La SFI prolonge l’examen de ses standards de performance et des politiques associées

La Société financière internationale (SFI), la branche du secteur privé de la Banque mondiale, a annoncé en 2009 qu’elle réviserait les politiques et les normes sociales et environnementales qu’elle utilise pour orienter et réglementer ses prêts dans les secteurs vulnérables. Cet examen est en cours et a vu une participation étendue de la société civile et des représentants et organisations des peuples autochtones. L'examen aurait dû se terminer en août 2010, mais la SFI vient d’annoncer qu’elle prolongeait ce processus.

Cameroon REDD community consultations

In July 2010, Baka, Bagyeli and Bakola forest people – together with their local support NGOs – conducted consultations in southern Cameroon to inform their communities about potential REDD projects. They were very clear that climate change was already affecting their lives and that they fear REDD projects might not benefit them. Indeed, there are about seven REDD projects currently planned in Cameroon. According to recent FPP fieldwork, in at least two of the projects, the local communities have not even been informed. See a related press release

Consultas de comunidades de Camerún sobre la REDD

En julio de 2010 los pueblos Baka, Bagyeli y Bakola participaron, junto con ONG de apoyo de sus comunidades, en unas consultas celebradas en el sur de Camerún para informarse sobre posibles proyectos de REDD. Dejaron muy claro que el cambio climático ya estaba afectando sus vidas y que temían que los proyectos de REDD no les beneficiaran. Efectivamente, en Camerún hay planificados alrededor de siete proyectos de REDD, pero según el trabajo de campo realizado recientemente por el FPP, en al menos dos de ellos no se ha ni siquiera informado a las comunidades locales.

Cameroun - REDD - consultations communautaires

En juillet, les peuples des forêts Baka, Bagyeli et Bakola - ainsi que leurs ONG locales de soutien - ont mené des consultations au Sud Cameroun, pour consulter et informer leurs communautés sur des projets REDD potentiels. Ils on clairement énoncé que le changement climatique affecte déjà leurs vies et qu’ils craignent de ne pas bénéficier des projets REDD. En ce moment huit projets REDD sont en cours de développement au Cameroun. Une récente étude de terrain réalisée par FPP a trouvé que, dans au moins deux de ces projets, les communautés locales n’ont même pas été informées.

 

Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Making FPIC work for Forests and Peoples

The right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold their free prior and informed consent to projects, laws and policies that may affect their rights is affirmed in international law. Making this right effective is more challenging: and what should private sector companies do to ensure they respect this right? This 'scoping paper'has been prepared by FPP for The Forests Dialogue to stimulate an interactive discussion about how to respect FPIC in practice among all those concerned about forests and rights.

Scoping paper prepared for The Forest Dialogue's (TFD) FPIC Initiative.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Making FPIC work for forests and peoples

The shorthand phrase ‘free, prior and informed consent,’ and the acronym FPIC, refers to the right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to proposed measures that will affect them. The right is affirmed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in the jurisprudence of the international human rights treaty bodies including the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Press Release - Guyana - Indigenous Peoples Demand Action on Land Rights, Consent Issues

At a week-long workshop on 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Extractive Industries and National Development Policies in Guyana' from 2-8 March 2010, the topics covered were: indigenous peoples' right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and the extractive sector, the Government of Guyana's recent Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and REDD+ policies. Amerindian leaders shared their experiences of both public-sector and private development projects and proposals within their territories.