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FPP E-Newsletter July 2013 (PDF Version)

FPP

9 July, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter July 2013

Dear Friends,

Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.

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Op-ed article in The Jakarta Post: Rights for us mean forests for all

2 July, 2013

By Abdon Nababan and Betanio Chiquidama

Source: The Jakarta Post

Though one of us lives in Central America and the other in Indonesia — nearly half the Earth’s circumference away from each other — we have the same urgent message for the decision makers who are gathered in Indonesia this week to discuss how best to slow climate change.

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Guna General Congress in Panama takes historic decision: Guna Yala territory free from REDD+, June 2013

12 June, 2013

During its meeting on 9th June, the Guna General Congress in Panama took the historic decision to reject all REDD+ projects in the Gunayala territory. Alongside this rejection of all REDD+ projects, the Congress took the specific decision to reject a proposed REDD+ pilot project in the region, after 2 years of public consultations. 

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International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change (IIFPCC) Statements at the 38th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC, Bonn, Germany June 2013

10 June, 2013

1. The below statement was delivered at the SBSTA REDD+ Contact Group Meeting on Non-Carbon Benefits and Non-Market Based Approaches:

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The Status of the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Patrick Kipalu & Joelle Mukungu, Forest Peoples Programme - DRC

15 May, 2013

The Status of the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The considerable threats faced by the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to draw global attention because of the crucial role these large forests play in regulating the global climate. Estimates indicate that the forests of the Congo Basin as a whole capture and store about 10 to 30 billion tons of carbon, an increasingly significant ecosystem service in light of concerns about climate change. In recent years, projects aimed at the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have been developed to provide financial incentives based on performance to the owners of large areas of forests in order to reduce the loss of forests and promote the improvement of carbon stocks through conservation and tree planting.

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Safeguards in REDD+ financing schemes

29 April, 2013

Among the many aspects of REDD+[i] under close scrutiny by indigenous peoples and civil society organisations, the issue of safeguards and their implementation is the one that continues to attract the most concern. This is particularly true now in the current debate on REDD+ and its degree of implementation and operationalisation. Since 2010, when the 16th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted its decision on REDD+ and related safeguards, a continuous process of elaborations, negotiations, and adjustments has taken place at various levels. The debate on safeguards has become both an opportunity for indigenous peoples and civil society to further enhance their calls for respect of internationally recognised rights and standards, and a leverage opportunity for donors to seek compliance for the use of funds transferred to REDD+ countries. As with other REDD+-related issues the safeguard debate has developed in a very complex manner, and has bifurcated into two streams. One stream is aimed at establishing norms and tools to prevent REDD+ from doing harm to the environment and forest peoples, the other is aimed at ensuring a proper assessment of potential benefits, known in technical jargon as a “do good” approach.

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Indigenous Peoples and REDD+

AIPP

4 April, 2013

This community friendly animation video explains the basic concept of climate change and its disproportionate impacts to Indigenous Peoples (IP). It elaborates on the international agreement to mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and the key concerns of indigenous peoples. The video also highlights the collective rights of indigenous peoples enshrined in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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Video produced by AIPP: Indigenous Peoples and REDD+

4 April, 2013

This community friendly animation video explains the basic concept of climate change and its disproportionate impacts to Indigenous Peoples (IP). It elaborates on the international agreement to mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and the key concerns of indigenous peoples. The video also highlights the collective rights of indigenous peoples enshrined in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Another highlight of the video is on the roles and contributions of indigenous women in the natural resource management.

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Forest Peoples Programme Comments on Suriname’s Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), 23 February 2013

Forest Peoples Programme

28 March, 2013

Click here to read Forest Peoples Programme's comments on Suriname's Readiness Preparation Proposal, which was submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) by Suriname in February 2013. 

Read the FCPF's resolution on the Suriname R-PP at their 14th Participants Committee Meeting (19-21 March 2013) here

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