New publication by CED: A Simplified Guide to Forest Monitoring for Local Communities

The Centre for the Environment and for Development (CED) has published a new guide on forest monitoring for use by local communities. The aim of the guide is to inform and raise awareness of the benefits of forest monitoring by communities, and to present the main methods and necesssary tools to ensure good forest governance. It is intended to provide local forest communities with the necessary skills and tools to effectively identify and denounce activities of illegal forest exploitation taking place around them.

Guide simplifié d’observation externe des forêts à l’usage des communautés

Le Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED) a publié un nouveau guide sur la observation externe des forêts à l’usage des communautés. Il vise à informer et sensibiliser sur le bien-fondé de la surveillance de la forêt par les communautés et présenter les principales mesures et les outils nécessaires pour assurer une bonne surveillance de la forêt. 

En somme, il s'agit de fournir aux communautés les préalables pour identifier et dénoncer de manière efficace les activités d'exploitation forestière illégale qui se déroulent autour d'aux. 

Palm oil producers, NGOs launch responsible palm oil initiative at RSPO AGM

Medan, Indonesia, 13 November 2013 – Progressive palm oil companies and environmental and social NGOs today launched the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) Annual General Assembly. The group is made up of producers and civil society organizations and includes Agropalma, DAABON, New Britain Palm Oil, as well as WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Forest Peoples Programme and Greenpeace.

New publication by AIPP - Learn and Exercise Your Rights: A simplified version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

While indigenous peoples are five percent of the global population, they comprise fifteen percent of the poorest of the poor. Throughout centuries, indigenous peoples have been asserting and defending their lands, territories and resources as the source of their distinct identities, cultures and ways of life. They continue to voice and demand the recognition of their collective rights as a matter of attaining equality and dignity for all.

Press Release - Sustainable Palm Oil: Marketing Ploy or True Commitment? New Research Questions Effectiveness of RSPO Standards

MEDAN, INDONESIA (7 November, 2013)—Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are violating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the forests and peatlands of tropical nations worldwide, according to a new research publication released today. The study details the performance of 16 oil palm operations, many run by RSPO members, reporting on their failure to uphold human rights and environmental standards required.

Minyak Sawit Berkelanjutan: Permainan Pasar atau Komitmen Nyata? Kajian Baru Mempertanyakan Keberhasilan Standar RSPO


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16 Studi Kasus Menyimpulkan Beberapa diantara Perusahaan Minyak Sawit Terbesar Dunia Meremehkan Mandat PBB Keputusan Persetujuan Masyarakat Adat & Masyarakat Lokal Sebelum Membabat Hutan, Lahan Gambut

MEDIA ADVISORY - Minyak Sawit Berkelanjutan: Permainan Pasar atau Komitmen Nyata?

Siaran Pers Peluncuran Hasil Penelitian Menjelang Pertemuan Tahunan RSPO Ke-11 di Medan; NGO-NGO dari Asia dan Afrika Mempertanyakan Efektivitas Standar RSPO

Meningkatnya permintaan global akan minyak sawit memicu ekspansi perkebunan kelapa sawit secara besar-besaran di hutan-hutan Asia Tenggara dan Afrika. Keprihatinan akan dampak lingkungan dan sosial yang ditimbulkannya telah menyebabkan pembentukan forum minyak sawit Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) di tahun 2004. RSPO mensertifikasi operasi-operasi yang menghormati hak-hak masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal yang tinggal di lokasi operasi dan yang juga melestarikan tanah dan hutan dengan nilai konservasi tinggi. 

Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Press Release: Concerns with Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF)

On Monday October 21, 2013 the Government of Guyana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a contract for the Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) arrangement. This signing took place during the opening session of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the National Toshaos Council and is heralded by President Donald Ramotar as fulfilling a promise made to the Amerindian people in the PPP’s manifesto. Campaigning? According to another government official Minister of Finance Ashni Singh, the project will give Amerindians control over the lands that belong to them. The project, according to the government is to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands. 

Down to Earth and London Mining Network Press Release: BHP Billiton to be slammed for Borneo coal mining at AGM

The board of controversial mining giant BHP Billiton is set to be slammed at its AGM by an Indonesian activist over seven coal concessions collectively covering an area of more than 350,000 hectares in the relatively unspoilt rainforest centre of the island of Borneo. Part of this project overlaps the transnational Heart of Borneo conservation area, described by the Asian Development Bank as “the lungs of Southeast Asia".

Press Release - Indonesia: The Governor of Jambi Province must take action to tackle unscrupulous conduct of palm oil plantation PT Asiatic Persada

Nurman Nuri, Leader of the Suku Anak Dalam group 113 of Pinang Tinggi in the Indonesian province of Jambi, stated in a press conference held on 3 October 2013 at the office of Indonesian NGO CAPPA: "We demand that the Governor of Jambi Province immediately revokes the HGU (Business Use Permit) of PT Asiatic Persada, as since its establishment in the 1980s no benefits at all have been derived by the indigenous Suku Anak Dalam living in this territory, only misery."

Informasi untuk Pers: Gubernur, berhentilah melindungi PT Asiatic Persada

Informasi untuk Pers – 7 Oktober 2013

“Kami menuntut agar Gubernur Propinsi Jambi segera mencabut HGU PT Asiatic Persada, karena keberadaan PT Asiatic Persada sejak tahun 1980-an tidak sedikitpun memberikan manfaat bagi masyarakat Suku Anak Dalam yang berdiam diwilayah tersebut, justru kesengsaraan yang terjadi.” Itulah kalimat yang diucapkan Nurman Nuri, Ketua Kelompok SAD 113 Pinang Tinggi dalam konferensi press yang dilakukan pada hari Kami, 3 Oktober 2013 di kantor CAPPA.

Press Release - Starvation and poverty in Indonesia: civil society organisations appeal for suspension of MIFEE project in Papua pending redress for local communities

The Indonesian government has issued an industrial timber plantation licence for use on the Zanegi community’s customary lands to timber company PT Selaras Inti Semesta, a subsidiary of the Medco Group, whose concession extends over 169,400 ha, and which is one of over 80 companies operating as part of the government-sponsored Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) agro-industrial mega-project.

Kelaparan dan kemiskinan di Indonesia: organisasi masyarakat sipil menyerukan penghentian proyek MIFEE di Papua sebelum ada perbaikan bagi masyarakat setempat

Informasi untuk Pers – tidak untuk disiarkan hingga pukul 07:00 WIB 2 September 2013

Kampung Zanegi di Kabupaten Merauke Provinsi Papua suram dan sunyi, berkebalikan dengan gemuruhnya suara bulldozer dan chainsaw yang terdengar dari kejauhan. Di ujung sebuah deretan rumah sederhana, Yosefa, 31 tahun, seorang ibu asli Orang Malind beranak tiga, membungkuk di samping tungku untuk mengorek-ngorek bara yang hampir mati. Ia menimang anaknya berumur tiga tahun untuk menidurkannya. Mata anak itu kurus dan cekung. Yosefa sendiri kurus kering  dan lesu akibat kurang gizi, ia mengusap bulir keringat di dahinya yang panas karena demam. Ia menceritakan kisah sebuah kampung di ambang kematian.