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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?

FERN

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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Statement of the Forests and Communities Platform and representatives of indigenous communities on Cameroon's REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP)

12 November, 2012

As part of its REDD+ preparation, Cameroon submitted on 6 August 2012 the draft of its REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) managed by the World Bank. 

Following the recommendation of the national validation workshop held in Ebolowa, Cameroon in June 2012, members of Cameroonian civil society met as part of the Forests and Communities Platform (Plateforme Forêts et Communautés) from 11 to 13 September 2012, to analyse the strengths and areas for improvement of the R-PP.

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First Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund takes place

15 October, 2012

The Green Climate Fund, the body tasked to deliver climate funds under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has met for the first time. Indigenous Peoples challenged rules of participation and engagement and called for the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Legal workshops in Bukavu, Boma, and Kinshasa, on the better protection of forest communities’ rights

15 October, 2012

Group exercise on community land rights case study, July 2012, Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC

In July and August 2012, three civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Actions pour les Droits, l'Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), the Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), and Cercle pour la défense de l'environnement (CEDEN) - organised a series of legal workshops in collaboration with the Forest Peoples Programme and with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The workshops sought to reinforce the legal capacity of these organisations and to promote a better understanding of indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights to land and natural resources and of the mechanisms to advocate for and defend the rights of communities in the REDD+ process in the DRC.

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New FPP Publications

15 October, 2012

Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund

Forest Peoples Programme (alongside partner organisations) has published three new publications; ‘Indigenous Peoples and the Green Climate Fund – A technical briefing for Indigenous Peoples, policymakers and support groups’, the third edition of ‘What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities’ and the second edition of ‘A Guide to Indigenous Women’s Rights under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women’.

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The return of fortress conservation: REDD and the green land grab in the Peruvian Amazon

12 October, 2012

The village of Nuevo Lamas

I remember when the park guards first came to our village. They called a meeting and said ‘get your things together and pack your bags, don’t make any new farms and we will see where you can be resettled’.  

These are the words of Miguel Ishwiza Sangama, former headman of the village of Nuevo Lamas, a small Kichwa indigenous community in Northern Peru as he remembers the moment in 2007 when officials of the Cerro Escalera Regional Conservation Area first attempted to resettle his community. In the following years, Park authorities persisted with these efforts but when the community remained resistant the Park authorities resorted to restricting community access to the forest for hunting and gathering and prohibiting their traditional system of rotational agriculture. In 2010, charges were brought against three members of the community for practicing their rotational agriculture.

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