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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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FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Forest Peoples Programme

3 December, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

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The “Forests COP”? - Highlights on forests and indigenous peoples from the UNFCCC 19th Conference of the Parties

27 November, 2013

The International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) in Warsaw

Key decisions on REDD+ adopted at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw, and future UNFCCC climate negotiations and financing commitments by donors, such as the United Kingdom, will pose further significant challenges for indigenous peoples' rights and its advocates.

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Peruvian indigenous organisations secure important commitments to respect indigenous peoples’ rights in the approved version of Peru’s Forest Investment Plan

26 November, 2013

On 30 October 2013, after months of intense negotiation and dialogue with the Peruvian government, Peru’s Forest Investment Plan (FIP) was finally approved by the Sub Committee of the Forest Investment Programme, a World Bank initiative that aims to reduce emissions from deforestation.

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Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meeting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 November 2013

11 November, 2013

Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples.

We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo the self-selection process and inform about their representatives to the partnership.

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Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Press Release: Concerns with Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF)

25 October, 2013

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On Monday October 21, 2013 the Government of Guyana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a contract for the Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) arrangement. This signing took place during the opening session of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the National Toshaos Council and is heralded by President Donald Ramotar as fulfilling a promise made to the Amerindian people in the PPP’s manifesto. Campaigning? According to another government official Minister of Finance Ashni Singh, the project will give Amerindians control over the lands that belong to them. The project, according to the government is to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands. 

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Peruvian indigenous organisations insist that the World Bank establishes mechanisms to ensure that the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) in Peru respects their rights

7 October, 2013

On the eve of the Peruvian government's final consultation with indigenous peoples on the draft investment plan of the FIP, indigenous organisations expressed their cautious welcome of the latest version of the plan, which includes key agreements on their customary land rights reached with indigenous peoples. Nevertheless, they expressed their grave concern that last minute adjustments were made to the plan without their agreement.

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Peru commits to respecting indigenous peoples’ rights to land and resources in its forest and climate plan: but will it keep its promise?

1 October, 2013

On 2 August 2013 indigenous organisations and representatives of the Peruvian government reached an agreement to modify controversial aspects of the government’s draft Forest Investment Plan (“FIP Plan”), an initiative financed by the World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme (FIP), to address deforestation. The plan was due to be presented to the World Bank’s FIP sub-committee in October 2013 but a draft version was roundly denounced by indigenous organisations in July as it continued to ignore indigenous proposals and violated Peru’s legal obligations to respect indigenous peoples’ rights to land and resources and the World Bank’s own safeguard policies. 

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