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New Forest Peoples Programme Report: The reality of REDD+ in Peru: Between theory and practice. Indigenous Amazonian peoples’ analyses and alternatives

This report compiled by national and regional indigenous organisations in Peru (AIDESEP, FENAMAD, CARE) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), collates indigenous peoples’ experiences with REDD policies and projects in the Peruvian Amazon. The report analyses the policies and strategies of the Peruvian government, examines the roles of international agencies and scrutinises pilot REDD initiatives already underway in indigenous territories.

Nouveau rapport du Forest Peoples Programme : The reality of REDD+ in Peru: Between theory and practice. Indigenous Amazonian peoples’ analyses and alternatives

(La réalité de REDD+ au Pérou : entre théorie et pratique. Les analyses et alternatives des peuples autochtones amazoniens)

Ce rapport, rédigé par des organisations autochtones nationales et régionales du Pérou (AIDESEP, FENAMAD, CARE) et le Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), rassemble les expériences des peuples autochtones en matière de politiques et projets REDD en Amazonie péruvienne. Le rapport analyse les politiques et stratégies du gouvernement péruvien, examine les rôles des institutions internationales, et étudie attentivement les initiatives pilote REDD déjà en cours sur les territoires autochtones. Les conclusions du rapport indiquent entre autres que les politiques et programmes REDD existants sapent les droits des peuples autochtones et vont sans doute mener à des conflits liés aux terres et aux ressources.

Press Release - Land conflicts, carbon piracy and violations of indigenous peoples’ rights: New report by Amazonian indigenous peoples exposes the reality of REDD+ in Peru and proposes solutions

PRESS INFORMATION - EMBARGOED for 04:00 GMT Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A new report published today by Peruvian indigenous organisations, AIDESEP, FENAMAD and CARE, and international human rights organisation the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), reveals the impact that REDD projects and programmes are already having on the lives of indigenous peoples. The reality of REDD+ in Peru: Between theory and practice - Indigenous Amazonian Peoples’ analyses and alternatives finds that REDD pilot projects run by some NGOs and companies are already undermining the rights of indigenous peoples, and are leading to carbon piracy and conflicts over land and resources. Persistent advocacy efforts by indigenous peoples’ organisations to secure respect for the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples have resulted in some government commitments to modify national REDD programmes financed by the World Bank. Nevertheless, solid guarantees for respect of these rights are yet to materialise.

Roberto Espinoza Llanos, coordinator of AIDESEP’s Climate Change Programme and one of the lead authors of the report, explains, “The commitments made by the previous government in 2011 were not made lightly, they were assumed by the State and approved in a global meeting of the World Bank’s FCPF [Forest Carbon Partnership Facility]. We hope that the present government and international entities like the World Bank will deliver on their promises to respect land and territorial rights. Continual monitoring will be necessary to make sure they keep their word.”

Lessons from the field: REDD+ and the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities

In October 2011, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) conducted a survey of our local partners asking them to pinpoint key experiences and emerging lessons learned in relation to REDD+ and rights issues over the last three years. Partners who contributed include the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and Association Okani (Cameroon), CEDEN (DRC), Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Knowledge (Panama), Amerindian Peoples Association (Guyana), Association of Village Leaders in Suriname, Association of Saamaka Authorities (Suriname), AIDESEP (Peru), Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples (Paraguay) and Scale-up, Pusaka and FPP field staff (Indonesia). Observations and lessons are also drawn from workshops with local partners, field studies and issues stemming from indigenous peoples’ representatives in dialogues with national and international REDD+ policy-makers. Key observations and lessons are summarised below.

Enseignements tirés des études sur le terrain : la REDD+ et les droits des peuples autochtones et des communautés tributaires de la forêt

En octobre 2011, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) a mené une enquête d'opinion auprès de ses partenaires locaux leur demandant d'identifier avec précision les expériences déterminantes et les enseignements tirés concernant la REDD+ et les questions afférentes aux droits, durant les trois dernières années. Les partenaires qui y ont pris part sont le Centre pour l’environnement et le développement (CED) et l'Association Okani (Cameroun), CEDEN (RDC), la Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Knowledge (Panama), l'Amerindian Peoples Association (Guyana), l'Association of Village Leaders à Suriname, l'Association of Saamaka Authorities (Suriname), l'AIDESEP (Pérou), la Federation for the Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples (Paraguay) et les agents locaux de Scale-up, de Pusaka et du FPP (Indonésie). Un résumé des observations et des enseignements de première importance est présenté ci-après.  Des observations et des enseignements sont également tirés d'ateliers de travail avec les partenaires locaux, d’études sur le terrain et des questions découlant des débats qu'ont eus les représentants des peuples autochtones avec des décideurs nationaux et internationaux REDD+. 

Urgent warning: Shipibo communities in the Peruvian Amazon asked to hand over land title documents to projects promoting 'environmental services, carbon market and REDD'.

AIDESEP, 20th July 2011AIDESEP has revealed that the recently established Peruvian NGO "Alliance for the Capture of Carbon as a Solution to Climate Change" has proposed 10 year 'agreements' with various Shipibo indigenous communities. The agreements focus on the potential for 'environmental services, REDD and carbon deals' and are offering '$100 per hectare and thousands of dollars each year' to these communities. In an alarming turn the communities are being asked to sign these agreements and hand over their land title papers to the NGO.

‘No signing of REDD contracts in Madre de Dios and San Martin’: Indigenous organisations call on their communities to exercise caution

San Martin and Madre de Dios are the two regions earmarked for the development of pilot REDD activities in Peru. Both regions are facing an avalanche of over 20 REDD projects oriented towards the voluntary carbon market. Many of these sub-national REDD+ projects are descending on the ancestral territories of indigenous peoples including the Shawi, Awajun and Kechwa in San Martin, and the Ese Eja, Yine, Shipibo, Amahuaca, Arakambut and Machiguenga in Madre de Dios. In Peru, approximately 20 million hectares of indigenous territories have no legal recognition which means that REDD may often pose a threat rather than an opportunity.

‘Pas de signature de contrats REDD à Madre de Dios et San Martin’ : les organisations autochtones appellent leurs communautés à faire preuve de prudence

San Martin et Madre de Dios sont les deux régions choisies pour le développement des activités pilote REDD au Pérou. Ces régions sont submergées par plus de 20 projets REDD centrés sur le marché volontaire de carbone. Nombre de ces projets sous-nationaux REDD+ s’abattent sur les territoires ancestraux des peuples autochtones, notamment sur les territoires des Shawi, Awajun et Kechwa à San Martin, et des Ese Eja, Yine, Shipibo, Amahuaca, Arakambut et Machiguenga à Madre de Dios. Au Pérou, environ 20 millions d’hectares de territoires autochtones ne sont pas reconnus juridiquement, ce qui signifie que REDD représente une menace plutôt qu'une opportunité.

La détermination du lobbying de l’organisation autochtone nationale péruvienne AIDESEP mène le gouvernement à s’engager à traiter les revendications territoriales autochtones non résolues

Le 25 mars 2011 à Dalat au Vietnam, les membres du Comité des participants du Fonds de partenariat pour la réduction des émissions de carbone forestier (FCPF) ont approuvé la troisième version du Plan de préparation REDD national (RPP) du Pérou que le Ministère de l’environnement (MINAM) développait depuis 2009.

Press Release: World Bank’s forest climate fund slammed for sidelining indigenous peoples’ rights and failing to protect forests

DALAT, Vietnam (23 March 2011) – A new report launched today at the 8th meeting of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) reveals that the Bank is not fulfilling its promises to protect the rights of forest peoples. Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and FERN exposes the World Bank’s failure to uphold its commitments on human rights and its engagement in never-ending changes to its social and environmental policies, weakening its accountability to affected communities and the public.