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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IPO Letter to GCF Board

3 November, 2015

Indigenous Peoples' organisations raise concerns regarding the use of the terms “country ownership” and “multi-stakeholder engagement" ahead of Green Climate Fund meetings in Zambia, 2015. The letter is significant as it is the first official and widely supported position on the GCF expressed by Indigenous Peoples.

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CSO Statement: Reject accreditation of HSBC & Crédit Agricole at GCF

2 November, 2015

The Board of the Green Climate Fund must reject the applications for accreditation of both HSBC and Crédit Agricole. Their accreditation would pose serious reputational and moral risk to the GCF via the banks’

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International Indigenous Peoples' Dialogue with States on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Negotiations

19 October, 2015

Bonn, Germany, 17 October 2015

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UN Expert: “the World Bank is a human rights-free zone”

5 October, 2015

In a report to the UN General Assembly, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, characterizes the World Bank as a “human rights-free zone” and criticizes the institution’s current approach to human rights as “incoherent, counterproductive and unsustainable”.

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Guyana Article: Gold For Green Forests

9 July, 2015

The large-scale hunt for gold not only destroys rainforest in Guyana, it also threatens a deal for billions in funds from Norway

Read the full article on the Forest Peoples Programme Oximity page here

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CSO Letter to the Green Climate Fund

1 July, 2015

A joint letter from over a hundred civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations requesting public consultation on the Information Disclosure Policy being development by the Green Climate Fund, the operational funding arm of the UN Climate Change Convention. 

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VIDEO: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Relation to the Green Climate Fund and Deforestation in DRC

11 June, 2015

At the Bonn 2015 Climate Change Conference, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Tebtebba held the side event 'Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: the cases of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).’

In this video by IISD Reporting Services, the event panelists discuss the need for the Green Climate Fund and upcoming UNFCCC decisions to adopt a rights-based approach to climate change. Panelists also discuss the drivers of deforestation in the DRC and gave examples of eviction of indigenous peoples from their land.

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International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Statement to the ADP 3 June 2015

3 June, 2015

Indigenous peoples' caucus calls on government parties negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement under the UN Climate Convention to secure collective land rights, respect FPIC and recognise the positive contribution of indigenous peoples' customary land management systems to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Access the Statement: International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) statement to ADP, Bonn, June 2015

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Joint Civil Society Letter to the World Bank

27 May, 2015

Civil society organisations are expressing concern about the format of the third round of consultations for the World Bank safeguard review, requesting broad face-to-face consultations on specific issue areas as well as targeted consultations in Bank borrower countries.

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