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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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Implement in haste, repent at leisure

FERN & FPP

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

FPP and INFOE

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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