Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights


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.

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Companies promoting Genetically Modified Trees open up to scrutiny

15 April, 2014

Following an information sharing meeting of The Forests Dialogue hosted by Forests Peoples Programme and FERN in November 2013, five major pulp and paper companies have released information about their plans to develop Genetically Modified Trees (GMT).

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Sungai Utik Declaration - on the roles of young men and women as next generation indigenous leaders

Sungai Utik

14 April, 2014

Sungai Utik Declaration

The Sungai Utik Declaration was the outcome of young indigenous leaders training. The declaration was formed in a highly collaborative drafting process, which followed five days of deep reflection by over twenty young indigenous leaders from Indonesia and the Phillippines.

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Comunicado a la opinión publica de la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) en conmemoración del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indigena

9 August, 2013

En el día internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas establecido cada 9 de agosto por las Naciones Unidas a través de su Asamblea General en el año 1994, la FAPI se dirige a la comunidad nacional e internacional haciendo propicia la fecha por su importancia, para dar a conocer sus consideraciones ante la coyuntura que atraviesa actualmente el Paraguay.

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AIPP Statement in Celebration of the 2013 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples - Theme: "Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements"

9 August, 2013

Today, we commemorate the world’s indigenous peoples day with our fellow indigenous brothers and sisters across the globe. We gather in different places to celebrate the gains and achievements that we have had in the course of our struggles for the recognition, respect and protection of our rights as distinct peoples with collective rights. At the same time, we continue to address the challenges and emerging issues that seriously impact on our rights and well being.

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The Huffington Post: Nahua Say No to Gas Consortium in Their Territory

5 August, 2013

Source: Huffington Post

Members of the Nahua people living within a reserve for indigenous peoples in 'initial contact' and 'voluntary isolation' in the Peruvian Amazon say they will refuse to allow a gas consortium led by Pluspetrol to operate in their territory.

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Venezuelan Amazonian Indigenous Peoples travel to Caracas to call for a moratorium on mining in their territories

1 July, 2013

Venezuelan Amazonian Indigenous Peoples travel to Caracas to call for a moratorium on mining in their territories

Indigenous peoples from the Venezuelan State of Amazonas grouped together under the umbrella organisation COIAM (Coordinadora de Organizaciones Indigenas de Amazonas) have mobilised in opposition to new plans to open up their State to mining.

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Indigenous Peoples reaffirm their rights in preparation for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014

18 June, 2013

In preparation for the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be hosted by the UN General Assembly in 2014, Indigenous Peoples meeting in Alta, Norway, have reaffirmed their inalienable rights to self-determination and to sovereignty over their natural resources.

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Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference Alta Outcome Document

Indigenous Peoples

18 June, 2013

Introduction: We Indigenous Peoples and Nations (hereinafter referred to as Indigenous Peoples) representing the 7 global geo-political regions including representatives of the women’s caucus and the youth caucus have gathered in the traditional territories and lands of the Sami people at Alta, Norway.

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SawitWatch/FPP Statement at the Asia Regional Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

SawitWatch, FPP

13 March, 2013

12th – 13th March 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Free, Prior and Informed Consent as an expression of right to self-determination of indigenous peoples

Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the palm oil sector in Southeast Asia

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