Recursos

Agreement reached on unified High Carbon Stocks method

Bangkok: Major palm oil producers and environmental NGOs announced today their agreement on a method to decide which forests must be conserved for companies to uphold their ‘no deforestation’ commitments. Forest Peoples Programme, which has been engaging closely in the process (links), welcomed the outcome.

Compañía del grupo Melka se retira de la RSPO, en tanto que la demanda de los shipibo revela apropiación de tierras y deforestación ilegal

Londres, 6 de noviembre de 2016: El 12 de octubre, días antes que el Panel de Denuncias de la RSPO (Mesa redonda sobre producción sostenible de aceite de palma, según sus siglas en inglés) supuestamente publicara su decisión final en el proceso de solución de conflictos presentado en contra de la empresa Plantaciones de Pucallpa (PdP) por la comunidad de Santa Clara de Uchunya, dicha empresa se retiró de la RSPO.

New environmental and social standards at the World Bank and the AIIB

A recent Position paper by the German Institute for Human Rights argues that the newly developed standards of the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and of the World Bank fall short in many respects of the human rights commitments that the Federal Government has imposed on itself. If Germany wishes to achieve the objectives it has set for itself, it will have to conduct its own human rights assessment of projects, and close monitoring of project implementation will be equally necessary.

South East Asian Human Rights Commissions call for freeze on agribusiness concessions until indigenous and community rights secured

4 November, Kota Kinabalu: After a week of field investigations and searching discussions, the 6th Southeast Asian Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness issued a resolution calling for moratoriums to halt the further hand out of concessions throughout the region. The meeting noted how land conflicts as a result of agribusiness expansion are proliferating and urged a pause in the hand out of licenses while community and indigenous peoples’ land rights are secured.

World Bank undermines decades of progress on building protections for the rights of indigenous peoples

On the 4th of August 2016, the Executive Board of the World Bank approved its new safeguard approach, detailed in a text called the ‘Environmental and Social Framework’.

The Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) is intended to contribute to the so-called ‘twin goals’ of the Bank: eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. It defines the approach that the World Bank will take to assess and minimise negative impacts from World Bank investments, and promote social and environmental goods.

Communities make their voices heard in palm oil discussions

Communities in Liberia have spoken to palm oil sector representatives about ongoing land tenure issues and participation of peoples in future plans for their customary lands.

Sixteen representatives from across Liberia attended the 2nd Annual Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA) National Dialogue to talk about the future of both their lands and large-scale agricultural developments in the country.

Masyarakat menyuarakan aspirasi mereka dalam diskusi minyak sawit

Masyarakat di Liberia telah berbicara kepada perwakilan sektor minyak sawit tentang masalah-masalah penguasaan lahan yang terus berkelanjutan dan partisipasi masyarakat dalam rencana masa depan untuk tanah adat mereka.

Enam belas perwakilan dari seluruh Liberia menghadiri dialog nasional tahunan ke-2 Aliansi Hutan Tropis 2020 (Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA) National Dialogues) untuk membicarakan masa depan tanah mereka dan masa depan pembangunan agrikultur skala besar di negara ini.

World Bank turns its back on pastoral communities

Guest article from Helen Tugendhat in the Bretton Woods Project Observer regarding the World Bank’s decision to grant a waiver of OP4.10 for an agricultural investment project in Tanzania.

Click here to read the article (offsite link)

Community response to Liberia's Forest Development Authority (FDA) concerning the TFA 2020 Africa Palm Oil Initiative

The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a global public-private partnership, designed to remove deforestation from the palm oil, beef, soya, and pulp and paper sectors.  In Liberia it focuses on the palm oil sector and has previously worked with the government, private sector and civil society to produce a series of nine guiding principles designed to regulate the sector in Liberia.

Chile: when ‘sustainability’ demands armed protection

The Mapuche are the most populous indigenous people in Chile. They long resisted the Spanish colonial conquest and in 1641 secured a treaty with Spanish Crown recognising their rights to all their remaining lands south of the BioBio river - some 10 million hectares of their ancestral lands.