Liberia's forestry law in an international context - Reasons for concern

FPP analysis of the Liberian Forestry Law within the context of international human rights and environmental law. The report recommends retaining the current moratorium on timber exportation until issues such as land tenure and community rights have been clearly defined and safeguards are in place to ensure that income from logging will benefit the people of Liberia.

Conference demands that Indian government passes Forest Bill - Ranchi, India

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) commenced here with hundreds of delegates deliberating on diverse issues ranging from community control of forests, environmental politics and livelihood, privatisation of forests - role of International Financial Institutions and future of forest communities, and challenges before the youth.

Community leaders to take charge of forest governance - Ranchi, India

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers concluded with a unanimous resolution to bring community leaders from various forest movements into the forefront of the national struggle for achieving community control over forests. NFFPFW sees this as an historic juncture for the forest movement in the country and recognized the importance of bringing women and youth into the decision making process.

Forest peoples, customary use and state forests: The case for reform

Drawing on five long-term case studies carried out by FPP with indigeneous peoples' organisations in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Cameroon and Thailand, the paper summarises field data which reveal the remarkable complexity of customary law systems. It proposes a mehtodology for strengthening traditional practices to ensure sustainable use and ensuring that state interventions align with countries' obligations under the CBD and other relevant international treaties.

Protecting and encouraging customary use of biological resources by the Baka in the west of the Dja Biosphere Reserve - Cameroon 10(c) Case Study

Contribution to the implementation of Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Four Baka communities mapped their use of their forests using GIS. These maps, together with an outline of the local administrative and socio-political structures and a record of Baka beliefs and rituals, identify the tension between communities’ customary forest use and conservation objectives. This report aims to help improve implementation of the CBD in Cameroon.

Indigenous knowledge, customary use of natural resources and sustainable biodiversity management: Case study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand - 10(c) Case Study

This report is the outcome of a participatory research project carried out among four highland communities in Thailand. It provides a unique record of the knowledge, customs and traditions of the Hmong and Karen peoples in their management and sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity.

Highland Mapping Development and Biodiversity Management Project, Inter-Mountain Peoples' Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) with Forest Peoples Programme

Wa Wiizi - Wa Kaduzu. Our territory - Our Custom. Customary Use of Biological Resources and Related Traditional Practices within Wapichan Territory in Guyana: an indigenous case study - Guyana 10(c) Case Study

Wa Wiizi - Wa Kaduzu   Our territory - Our Custom Customary Use of Biological Resources and Related Traditional Practices within Wapichan Territory in Guyana - an indigenous case study

This study summarises how the Wapichan people in Guyana customarily use biological resources within their traditional territory in the South Rupununi, and explores the opportunities and challenges relating to effective implementation of article 10(c) of the CBD at the local and national level.

Wa Wiizi - Wa Kaduzu Nuestro Territorio - Nuestras Costumbres Uso Consuetudinario de los Recursos Biológicos y Prácticas Tradicionales Asociadas dentro del Territorio Wapichan en Guyana - Un estudio de caso indígena

Este estudio presenta un resumen sobre la forma en que en el pueblo Wapichan en Guyana viene utilizando los recursos biológicos dentro de su territorio en el Sur de Rupununi de manera consuetudinaria, y explora las oportunidades y retos que hay que enfrentar con respecto a la implementación efectiva del artículo 10(c) del CDB, tanto a nivel local como nacional.

Suriname 10(c) Case Study

Marauny Na’na Emandobo / Lokono Shikwabana (“Marowijne – our territory”) - Traditional use and management of the Lower Marowijne area by the Kaliña and Lokono

Conceived as a tool to aid Suriname to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this report describes traditional methods of hunting, fishing, house- and boat-building and also details the customary laws and practices followed by these peoples to ensure that their use of the flora and fauna safeguards the rich biodiversity of the area.