Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Self-determination

FPP works to realise forest peoples’ right to self-determination, a fundamental right of all peoples that underpins the work of the United Nations. That this right also applies to peoples within nation states is made explicitly clear in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Articles 3 and 4.

What does the right to self-determination mean?

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Articles 3 and 4 states:

Article 3
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Article 4
Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.

FPP’s work with forest peoples is guided by forest peoples themselves. The focus of this work is to:

  • get the rights and interests of forest peoples recognised in policies and programmes
  • support forest peoples to build their capacity to claim and exercise their human rights
  • counter top-down policies and projects that affect forest peoples
  • promote community-based, sustainable forest management
  • coordinate NGO actions on forests in line with forest peoples’ visions
  • link up indigenous and forest peoples’ movements at the regional and international level.

Relevant resources

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Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous Perspectives on Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

Forest Peoples Programme
AIDESEP

4 December, 2014

Revealing the Hidden

 

The report, Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous perspectives on deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon was compiled by Peru’s national indigenous peoples’ organisation (AIDESEP) and international human rights organisation, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and is based on the analysis and perspectives of Peru’s indigenous leaders and organisations whose lives, lands and livelihoods are threatened by deforestation on a daily basis.

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Inspirational People - Silas Siakor and community mapping in Liberia

Handcrafted Films

15 January, 2015

Silas Siakor, environmental activist and Goldman Prize Winner, and the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) have been working on community mapping throughout Liberia for many years. Their work is helping transform natural resource management so that the benefits are shared equally and also helping empower communities to contribute towards decision making and management of these resources. This is their journey.

Read SDI's opinion piece here: http://www.ifnotusthenwho.me/story/silas-siakor-community-mapping/

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'Our Fight' - Defending the forest and paying the ultimate sacrifice

15 January, 2015

On 1st September 2014 Edwin Chota and three indigenous Asheninka leaders were murdered while defending their forests.

Through their widows, family and friends we learn about their on going fight for land titling in Peru. This story is one of many examples of Indigenous Peoples defending the forest and paying the ultimate sacrifice, launched just ahead of COP20 in Lima.

You can find other short films on a similar issue at If Not Us Then Who: http://www.ifnotusthenwho.me/

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New report reveals the danger of not placing community land rights and human rights centre stage in climate change negotiations

8 December, 2014

PRESS INFORMATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 8/12/2014

New report reveals the danger of not placing community land rights and human rights centre stage in climate change negotiations

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PRESS RELEASE: “Selling off our forests is a business for the Peruvian government”

4 December, 2014

Revealing the Hidden

New report finds that Peruvian government is failing to address the real causes of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon while undermining indigenous peoples’ efforts to protect their forests.

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Briefing Paper: Peace in Papua - Protecting the land and livelihoods of Papua's Indigenous Peoples

29 September, 2014

Peace in Papua - Protecting the land and livelihoods of Papua's Indigenous Peoples

PUSAKA and Koalisi Masyaralat Sipil Peduli Ruang Adat Papua

This report documents the limitations and loopholes of Papua's existing Spatial Planning regulations, with recommendations to the Indonesian government towards better recognition and security of Papua's indigenous peoples.

Papua Damai: Lindungi Ruang Hidup Masyarakat Adat Papua (BI only)

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COICA Statement: The Peruvian Amazon turns blood red before the COP20

17 September, 2014

Statement by Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin – COICA

The Peruvian Amazon turns blood red before COP20: Without territories and rights there will be no climate solutions

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Press Release: Murder in the Peruvian rainforest

9 September, 2014

Upper Amazon Conservancy / ProPurús

Four indigenous Ashéninka leaders were found dead in the Peruvian Amazon due to their efforts to obtain legal title to their native community of Alto Tamaya Saweto and prevent continued illegal logging in their lands.

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