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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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Second Regional Workshop on Gender and Land and Forest Tenure

9 October, 2012

The first regional workshop was held in July 2011 in Edea, Cameroon

The Second Regional Workshop on Gender and Land and Forest Tenure in Africa will take place from the 9th to the 14th of October 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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New AIPP and IWGIA Publication: Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples

Shree Kumar Maharjan, Joan Carling and Lakpa Nuri Sherpa
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

2 October, 2012

Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for Indigenous Peoples

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What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities - New edition

Editors: Christian Erni & Helen Tugendhat
Writers: Eleonor Baldo-Soriano, Joan Carling, Raymond de Chavez, Christian Erni, Francesco Martone, Helen Tugendhat

10 September, 2012

What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities

The 3rd edition of 'What is REDD+? A guide for indigenous communities' is now available here. This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.

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