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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Impacts of German private sector involvement for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the Maï-Ndombe REDD+ Project in the DRC


1 April, 2014

Front cover of Mai-Ndombe Redd+ Project in the DRC

This is a case study on the Maï Ndombe REDD Project, which is financially supported by the German based company "Forest Carbon Group AG"  through the local company ERA Carbon Offsets (now known as Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc.).  The objective of the case study is to examine the implementation of this project especially in relation to the rights of indigenous and local communities to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the elaboration and implementation of project activities, in order to (i) help stakeholders in Germany better understand the situation with regard to the

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Civil society submission to the Green Climate Fund on accreditation and safeguard standards

31 March, 2014

The Green Climate Fund is developing a set of environmental and social safeguard standards and an associated accreditation process to enable agencies, organisations or governments to access they funds it will make available for climate change mitigation and adaption activities. Key concerns shared by civil society and indigenous peoples have been brought to the attention of the Board of the GCF and of the expert group tasked with developing these standards.

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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.

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FPP E-Newsletter February 2014 (PDF Version)


18 February, 2014

FPP E-Newsletter February 2014

Dear friends,

The UN General Assembly during its 69th session, on 22-23 September  this year, will convene a high-level plenary meeting - the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples  – to review the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) since its adoption in 2007, and to identify outstanding issues and actions pertaining to indigenous peoples and development.

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World Bank still backing unsustainable development: will it ever learn? Book review: Bruce Rich, 'Foreclosing the Future? The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction'

17 February, 2014

Foreclosing the Future? The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction

Book review: Bruce Rich, (2013) Foreclosing the Future? The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction Island Press, Washington DC and London, ISBN 13:978-1-61091-184-9

A powerful new book by environmental campaigner Bruce Rich, titled “Foreclosing the Future”, pulls together a mountain of evidence to document how World Bank projects and development finance over the last two decades have continued to cause major local and global environmental damage and inflict harm on communities in borrower countries. Problems with large scale corruption in Bank lending and procurement are also exposed in the book, which charts the evolution of the Bank’s environmental and social policies and assesses the effectiveness of internal Bank reforms intended to “mainstream” environmental and social issues, tackle corruption and reduce poverty.

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Looking Ahead: International workshop on Deforestation Drivers and the Rights of Forest Peoples, Indonesia

14 February, 2014

An international workshop organised by Forest Peoples Programme and Pusaka will bring together forest peoples, governments, NGOs, international agencies and forest scientists from Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America on 9 -14 March 2014 in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The aim of the workshop is to share lessons and generate recommendations on effective measures to stem deforestation, promote human rights and secure local livelihoods. 

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Down to Earth Special Edition Newsletter - Agrofuels: Impacts in Indonesia, time for policy change in Europe

Down to Earth (DTE)

5 December, 2013

Agrofuels: Impacts in Indonesia, time for policy change in Europe

Source: Down to Earth

Biofuels - once promoted as the silver bullet for climate change - have turned out to be one of the European Union's biggest policy mistakes. 

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FPP Briefing - The “Forests COP?”: Highlights on forests and indigenous peoples from the UNFCCC 19th Conference of the Parties, Warsaw, 11-22 November 2013

Francesco Martone (Forest Peoples Programme)

3 December, 2013

The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Warsaw from 11 – 22 November 2013 has been dubbed the “Forests COP”.

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