Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Climate & forests

Many emerging climate policies and new forest funds have potential impacts on the rights and interests of forest peoples in the tropics. In line with the broad objectives of the Responsible Finance Programme, FPP advocacy aims to ensure that all international funding for forests and climate change mitigation and adaptation is accountable to indigenous peoples and other local rights holders who depend on forests for their lives, livelihoods and way of life. Activities target international funds and policy processes and also provide support to local partners seeking to influence the formulation of national policies on forest and climate issues.

Amid the growing international consensus on the need to take urgent measures to tackle climate change, policies for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) have emerged as a key issue in global and regional policy debates about climate change mitigation and forest management. At the same time, new funds for supporting REDD have been set up in the World Bank and the UN. Bilateral finance is also growing for REDD through schemes such as the Congo Basin Forest Fund supported by the UK government and the Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative (NCFI).

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IIPFCC statement to the UNFCCC ADP session in Bonn, Germany

27 October, 2014

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change

Statement, ADP/S6 October 20-25,
Bonn Germany

Despite being those least responsible for climate change, Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately affected by it. Climate change threatens Indigenous Peoples' collective and individual human rights, threatening to destroy our very lifeways, our right to food sovereignty, to health, and our lands, territories and resources.

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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on Safeguards Information System (SIS)

AIPP

24 September, 2014

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) position on the Safeguards Information System (SIS).

The submission was made to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 24 Sept. 2014.

The submission includes the list of 37 endorsements from indigenous peoples organisations and civil society organisations.

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Calling on Members of the European Parliament to address deforestation and respect rights in trade agreements

5 September, 2014

A collective letter  and briefing sent to newly elected MEPs asking for their support in advancing an Action Plan on Deforestation and ensuring that the European Parliament takes concrete and positive steps towards addressing demand-side drivers of deforestation.

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Negotiations on future climate convention still at inception stage, while concerns on impact of climate actions on indigenous peoples' rights remain marginal

11 July, 2014

The recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sessions in Bonn for a draft negotiating text for the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Peru will resume in October. In the meantime discussions showed low concern on human-rights implications of climate-change related actions in particular land-based mitigation.

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Deforestation, REDD and Takamanda National Park in Cameroon - a Case Study

Samuel Nnah Ndobe and Klaus Mantzel

9 July, 2014

Deforestation, REDD and Takamanda National Park in Cameroon - a Case Study

While focusing in particular on the German financing of rainforest protection in Cameroon, this report also covers the broader issue of how Cameroon’s forest policies are shaped by the REDD process. It takes a case study approach, examining the way such forest protection policies impact on local communities by focusing in on the specific example of those communities whose land has been overlaid by the Takamanda National Park.

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Comprehensive land-use planning: A rights-based approach

11 June, 2014

The paper looks at issues arising from including land use mitigation in a future climate agreement and suggests 3 key principles -

Ambition, that mitigation in the land sector should not undermine mitigation in other sectors;
Food security and equity, as a priority for developing countries where are to 80% of people rely on smallholder livelihoods;
and rights, recognising the importance of tenure, usage and access rights.

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Press release: Illegal conversion timber export threatens African countries' forests and agreements with EU

27 May, 2014

Illegal and corrupt behaviour by foreign-owned companies engaged in establishing large palm oil plantations not only threatens local communities and forested areas throughout west and central Africa, but will seriously undermine legislation being set up between African countries and the European Union to prevent just that says Greenpeace International.

In a new report published today, Greenpeace reveals how one company in Cameroon, has colluded with government officials to illegally obtain a permit to export timber that itself was illegally felled in order to establish a palm oil plantation in the South West region of the country.

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