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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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Implement in haste, repent at leisure


30 April, 2014

Implement in haste, repent at leisure - front cover

A new FERN, FPP briefing calling for a rethink of the World Bank's Carbon Fund, based on an analysis of the Democratic Republic of Congo Emissions Reduction

To read the report in English please click here

To read the report in French please click here

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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 Palangka Raya declaration

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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