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Community organisations denounce assassination of Shawi leader, San Martin, Peru and call for resolution of land conflicts, [document only available in Spanish]

14 April, 2014





Indigenous woman representatives attend the CSW58 as a part of global indigenous leaders

21 March, 2014

Kapeeng Foundation

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Like each year, this year thousands of civil society activists, representatives of member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attended the session under a priority theme “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”.

Global indigenous women leaders also came from across the world to share their stories of marginalization and deprivation, to exchange ideas, make connections and push for change following some advocacy process of caucuses, side events, high-level round table events, morning and evening debriefing, lobby with government delegations to include language in the Agreed Conclusion.

Chico Vive conference program 4-6th April 2014

20 March, 2014

The Chico Vive conference is bringing together grassroots activists, NGOs, students, engaged scholars, applied scientists, policymakers, journalists and others to discuss the development of the global grassroots environmental movement in the 25 years since environmental martyr Chico Mendes' death. Participants will plan strategies for coordinated international actions, networks, coalitions and initiatives to advance sustainability, defend the environment from depredation and climate change, and protect the rights of its traditional inhabitants.

The Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

18 March, 2014

The Forest Peoples Programme and Indonesian partner organisations co-hosted an international workshop on deforestation and forest peoples' rights that resulted in the Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples.

The week-long event and Declaration represent important steps in indigenous and forest peoples' assertion of their rights and their central place in global, national and local efforts to tackle the continuing crisis of deforestation.

Joint Letter on the World Bank’s Proposed Systematic Country Diagnostic and Country Partnership Framework

11 March, 2014

Critical inputs on the process of developing the World Bank’s new approach to assessing and managing serious risks at the country diagnostic and planning level.

Click here to read the letter

Indonesia: palm oil comany and army kill villager as land conflict escalates in PT AP in Jambi, Sumatra

8 March, 2014

In a further tragic escalation of the long running land conflict between palm oil developer PT Asiatic Persada and the local Batin Sembilan peoples, also referred to as Suku Anak Dalam, soldiers from the Indonesian army took a villager into custody in the company premises last week after which he was tortured and brutalised. When others protested, five of them were also rounded up, arrested and beaten up. Meanwhile other protesting villagers were chased away by the army repeatedly firing off their weapons.

Live Panel Debate on the Social Impacts of Palm Oil with FPP and Sabah Environmental Protection Agency

24 February, 2014

You can watch Marcus Colchester, Senior Policy Advisor for FPP, in a recording of a live debate on the Social Impacts of Palm Oil in a Panel Debate hosted by Nadine Hawa of BetterPalmOilDebate with the head of the NGO Sabah Environmental Protection Agency and a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs. The debate highlights the problems in the sector, especially land grabbing.

Palm oil company efforts to slow deforestation not sustainable

17 February, 2014

Palm oil companies have long been criticised for their damaging clearance, of both forests and peatlands, which contributes significantly to global warming. It is estimated that Indonesia, where deforestation is still increasing despite Presidential promises to halt it, is the world’s third highest emitter of green house gases. This is mainly due to large scale land clearance for palm oil plantations, pulp and paper ventures and transmigration.  Considering the ineffectiveness of Government efforts, getting companies to set aside forest and peatland areas within their concessions seems like a sensible way to limit the problem. But, given that most concessions are handed out by governments without first recognising and securing the lands of local communities,what are the implications of these set-asides for the rights and livelihoods of forest peoples?

Legality without justice? How to ensure that FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) achieve both

17 February, 2014

This article seeks to touch base with the policy objectives of the European Union (EU)’s 2003 Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (‘FLEGT’) Action Plan, and highlight lessons learnt during Forest Peoples Programme’s EU-funded Strong Seat at the Table project.[1] With partners Centre pour l'Environnement et le Développement (Centre for the Environment and for Development, CED), FERN and ClientEarth, the ‘Strong Seat’ project supported the legal capacity of civil society partners engaged in VPA-related legal reforms in West and Central Africa.