Recursos

Groundbreaking study carried out by indigenous peoples in Guyana highlights land tenure insecurity and urgent need for reform

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).

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Climate Policies in Guyana: a special report

 

More than four years after the signing of the Guyana-Norway MoU, this special report seeks to assess the quality of treatment of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana’s national policies on land, low carbon development and forests. The review draws on extensive community visits and policy analyses conducted by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) between 2009 and 2013.

FPP E-Newsletter February 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

Whenever someone remarks that a solution is being frustrated by ‘lack of political will’, I automatically ask myself: whose is the political will and what are the interests pushing for the opposite? 

E-Boletín FPP Febrero 2013 (PDF Version)

Estimados amigos:

Siempre que alguien comenta que no se ha podido poner en práctica una solución por «falta de voluntad política», inmediatamente me pregunto: ¿de quién es la voluntad política y qué intereses están haciendo presión para que no se ponga en práctica? 

Guyana: indigenous peoples continue to be left out

During May, the Norwegian Government announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Guyana to contribute US$230 million towards the country's Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). It only remained to be decided which financial agency would act as the intermediary with the fiduciary responsibility to make sure the monies were handed over with due care. Would this be the World Bank and what standards would the World Bank follow to supply this money?

Guyana: los pueblos indígenas siguen sin poder participar

En mayo el Gobierno de Noruega anunció que había firmado un protocolo de entendimiento con el Gobierno de Guyana para contribuir con 230 millones de USD a la Estrategia de Desarrollo Basado en un Bajo Nivel de Emisiones de Carbono (LCDS por sus siglas en inglés). Solo quedaba por decidir qué organismo financiero actuaría de intermediario con la responsabilidad fiduciaria de entregar el dinero con el debido cuidado. ¿Podría ser el Banco Mundial? ¿Qué normas seguiría este para entregar el dinero?

Indigenous Peoples' Rights, State Sovereignty and the Convention on Biological Diversity

It is often stated that attention to and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights in connection with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is barred by the principle of state sovereignty. This assertion is incorrect in light of contemporary international law. State sovereignty does not and cannot preclude attention to and respect for indigenous peoples’ internationally guaranteed rights.