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New Publication: Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund – A technical briefing for Indigenous Peoples, policymakers and support groups

Francesco Martone (FPP) and Jen Rubis (JOAS)

23 August, 2012

Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund

On the occasion of the first Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS) are publishing a report titled: “Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund – A technical briefing for Indigenous Peoples, policymakers and support groups”.

Read the report in English or in Spanish

This report summarises some key issues relevant for indigenous peoples, building on statements and policy platforms adopted by Indigenous Peoples’ Caucuses. In particular the report draws attention to the need for the GCF to improve indigenous peoples’ participation in governance, adopt stronger safeguards and facilitate direct access to financing for climate change response actions developed and implemented by indigenous peoples.

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DRC reaffirms its commitment to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

23 July, 2012

Villagers speaking during TFD Field Dialogue in Kifulu Village, Luki Reserve, Bas-Congo Province, DRC on May 22nd 2012

The TFD Field Dialogue on FPIC and REDD in the Democratic Republic of Congo 21 – 25 May 2012

In May, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), along with national partners Action pour le Developpement, l’Environnement et la Vie (ADEV) and Cercle pour la Defense de l’Environnement (CEDEN), hosted The Forest Dialogue (TFD) on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The meeting was the second in a planned series of field dialogues with the main aim of exploring how, in practice, government agencies, commercial enterprises and non-governmental organisations should respect the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent, as expressed through their own freely chosen representative organisations, to activities that may affect their rights.

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Civil society groups in DRC suspend engagement with National REDD Coordination Process

23 July, 2012

In late June civil society organisations tracking REDD+ policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sent open letters to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and to the DRC’s Environment Minister expressing grave concerns about the lack of effective public and community participation in national REDD+ policy-making (see links below this article). The “REDD Climate Working Group” (GTCR), which authored the letters and is composed of a broad range of national and local environment and development NGOs in DRC, is insisting on the reorganisation of REDD governance structures in DRC to ensure decentralisation and ensure meaningful participation by civil society and forest peoples in forest and climate policy making at all levels.

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Publication update: FPP report ‘FOREST PEOPLES: Numbers across the world’ now available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia

23 July, 2012

By providing estimated figures for indigenous and forest peoples’ populations in countries and regions across the globe, this FPP report, released in May 2012, seeks to raise awareness of the existence of peoples who primarily depend on forests for their livelihoods, and to enhance their visibility as key actors and rights-holders in the management and use of forests and forest resources. These figures may serve as a useful reference in advocacy for the recognition of forest peoples’ legal and human rights.

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United Nations University OurWorld 2.0: Seeing the people for the trees

8 June, 2012

Sophie Chao, FPP, has written the following article for OurWorld 2.0, the United Nations University's web magazine.

To read the article on the OurWorld 2.0 website please click here.

Seeing the people for the trees

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