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The Ngoyla-Mintom forest in Cameroon: The perspective of the Baka

18 February, 2013

Baka community members documenting where they fish using GPS, to include on map of forest resource use

Ngoyla-Mintom is a forested mountainous region which derives its name from two districts in two regions of Cameroon: Ngoyla in the Eastern Region and Mintom in the Southern Region. This rainforest has gained fame through being targeted for various purposes by different actors, including the Cameroon government, private companies and the international community. In recent months, Ngoyla-Mintom has gained the reputation of being a previously unexploited forest bloc, which has very rapidly aroused the interest of Cameroon’s Ministry of Forestry who are interested in selling parts of the forest at auction to private logging companies.

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From logging concessions to carbon concessions: What difference for communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

18 February, 2013

Community meeting to assess impacts of REDD projects on the village of Yabongengo (located within the Jadora/SAFBOIS concession)

In 2011, the private Canadian company Ecosystem Restorations Associates (ERA) signed a management contract with the government of the DRC for a former logging concession of almost 300,000 hectares that adjoins the western reaches of Lac Mai Ndombe in Bandundu Province[1]. The aim of this agreement was to prepare the concession for sales of carbon on the international market. Up to 50% of this concession overlaps the customary lands of local and indigenous communities. ERA is now in partnership with Wildlife Works, a large REDD+ project development and management company.

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UK government seeks public comments on proposals to tackle deforestation

18 February, 2013

The UK government is inviting public comments on government proposals to address deforestation and land use emissions in developing countries under the UK International Climate Fund (ICF), which is co-administered by DECC[1], DFID[2] and DEFRA[3].

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UNFCCC COP 18 makes no concrete decisions on REDD+ in Doha and delays further discussions until mid-2013

18 February, 2013

The 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Doha in December 2012, with the aim of laying the roadmap for a global binding agreement on emissions reduction, due to be finalised in 2015.  

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FPP E-Newsletter February 2013 (PDF Version)


18 February, 2013

FPP E-Newsletter February 2013

Dear Friends,

Whenever someone remarks that a solution is being frustrated by ‘lack of political will’, I automatically ask myself: whose is the political will and what are the interests pushing for the opposite? 

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The Guardian: "World Bank spending on forests fails to curb poverty, auditors claim"

30 January, 2013

Report by World Bank's own evaluators say its investments support logging and do little to help rural poor people.

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Announcement of New Director

24 January, 2013

FPP is very happy to announce, that Joji Cariño will be taking up the position of Director of the Forest Peoples Programme from 15th May 2013, in coordination with FPP’s Executive Committee and Board members. Joji, well known to many of you, is a highly regarded indigenous woman from the Philippines with extensive experience on indigenous peoples’ human rights at community, national and international levels, having been an active policy advocate and practitioner for the past 30 years. Joji is internationally recognised as an expert on cultural and biological diversity, traditional knowledge and indigenous peoples’ rights, and international standards on water and energy, large dams and their alternatives, forestry, extractive industries and corporate accountability. She is the coordinator of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) Working Group on Indicators and an organising partner for the Indigenous Peoples Major Group in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. We are thrilled that she will be joining the FPP team.

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The Story of REDD: A real solution to deforestation?


11 January, 2013

REDD, or reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is one of the most controversial issues in the climate change debate. The basic concept is simple: governments, companies or forest owners in the South should be rewarded for keeping their forests instead of cutting them down. The devil, as always, is in the details.

‘The story of REDD: A real solution to deforestation?’, produced by FERN, considers the more complex issues that must be considered by any initiative to reduce deforestation.

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Independent verification of the Guyana-Norway MoU on Low Carbon Development finds failures to meet commitments on indigenous peoples' rights and insufficient processes for consultation and FPIC

16 December, 2012

Between 1 October 2010 - 30 June 2012 the Rainforest Alliance carried out a second verification audit of progress related to indicators for the Guyana-Norway REDD+ Agreement. Their final report, which includes extracts from the Wapichan's territorial management plan on FPIC, can be viewed here

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REDD+ and Indigenous Peoples: Analysis of the upcoming UNFCCC negotiations in Doha, and identification of possible policy options

Francesco Martone, Forest Peoples Programme

23 November, 2012

REDD+ and Indigenous Peoples: Analysis of the upcoming negotiations in Doha, and identification of possible policy options

The purpose of this background note is to identify some key issues and opportunities in the upcoming UNFCCC climate negotiations in Doha (26 November - 7 December 2012). The note will only focus on REDD+ and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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