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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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Indigenous organisations of the Loreto region in Peru advise their communities not to sign any REDD agreement while no legal and policy framework for REDD exists that protects their rights. April 2012

30 April, 2012

Indigenous organisations warn that this could otherwise result in the loss of control over their forests. To prevent REDD deals that take advantage of communities they urge the Ministry of Environment and the Regional Government of Loreto to declare that until REDD legislation exists that guarantees these rights then any such agreements have no legal validity.

Click here for further information (in Spanish only).

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Carbon Concessions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Neglect Communities

23 April, 2012

The ERA Carbon concession overlaps extensive forests overlapping the customary territories of many communities

In 2011 the private Canadian company Ecosystem Restoration Associates (ERA) signed a management contract with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a former logging concession of almost 300,000 hectares that adjoins the western reaches of Lac Mai Ndombe in Bandundu Province. Carbon trading and the generation of carbon credits through forest preservation and enhancement is the main objective of the ERA project. As part of our global project targeting support to communities in REDD pilot areas, and in the DRC, in March 2012, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Cercle pour la defense de l’environnement (CEDEN) staff travelled to the region where we held meetings with the customary leaders from 6 communities living inside the ERA concession area. The objective of these meetings was to find out what was happening on the ground, and the extent to which communities were informed about goals, objectives and modus operandi of ERA staff.

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