Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Responsible finance

The Responsible Finance Programme (RFP) aims to make public and private finance for development and the environment fully accountable to the public and affected communities. FPP advocates for rights-based approaches in development and emphasises that international finance agencies have a duty to ensure that the aid and investments that they support uphold the obligations of donor and recipient countries under international law.

Advocacy targets include the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and Asian Development Bank alongside bilateral aid agencies such as the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The programme also carries out advocacy on the private sector with the aim of promoting respect for human rights and greater corporate accountability.

FPP’s advocacy activities seek to ensure that international financial institutions (IFIs) and development agencies adopt and fully comply with social and environmental policies that are in line with international standards, including human rights norms. RFP tracks the different safeguard policies of IFIs and pushes for upward harmonisation in standards and the establishment of mechanisms and incentives to promote effective implementation of safeguards.

Major efforts are also made to monitor IFI loan and grant operations affecting forests and forest-dependent communities. Where requested by local partners, FPP may also assist community appeals and complaints to IFI accountability mechanisms in order to help them secure redress and expose problems in IFI due diligence.

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Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Climate Policies in Guyana: a special report

Amerindian peoples Association (APA)
Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)

11 June, 2014

Indigenous People’s Rights, Forests and Climate Policies in Guyana

 

More than four years after the signing of the Guyana-Norway MoU, this special report seeks to assess the quality of treatment of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana’s national policies on land, low carbon development and forests. The review draws on extensive community visits and policy analyses conducted by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) between 2009 and 2013.

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Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

FPP, Sawit Watch and TUK Indonesia

7 November, 2013

Conflict or consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling the large-scale expansion of oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia and Africa. Concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the conversion of vast tracts of land to monocrop plantations led in 2004 to the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which encourages oil palm expansion in ways that do not destroy high conservation values or cause social conflict. Numerous international agencies have also called for reforms of national frameworks to secure communities’ rights and to develop sound land governance.

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World Bank's Consultations a Big Failure

26 November, 2014

Two years ago, the World Bank decided to undergo a review of its environmental and social policies. At the time when this process was launched, the Bank stated that the multi-stage review was being undertaken in response to the need "to better address environmental and social issues that countries face today, to deliver better environmental and social outcomes in the projects and programs the Bank supports."

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Yangon statement on human rights and agribusiness in Southeast Asia released

7 November, 2014

Statement / **Press Release**

The need to protect human rights in the agribusiness sector

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Golden Agri Resources postpones palm oil expansion plans in Borneo in response to FPP complaint

23 October, 2014

Forest Peoples Programme has been pursuing a major complaint through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) charging the Indonesian palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources, with multiple violations of the RSPO standard.

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Lain Ditulis, Lain Diucapkan, Lain Pelaksanannya: Hutan Rusak dan Masyarakat Adat Tersingkir.

PUSAKA

22 September, 2014

Wilmar's commitment to 'no deforestation' is questioned in new report on land clearing by oil palm concession PT Hendrison Inti Persada (HIP) in Sorong, West Papua.

By FPP partner PUSAKA, with recommendations made to the government of Indonesia, Wilmar, the Norwegian government and the Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).

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Sarawak: New report details violations of Dayak peoples’ rights by dam builders

19 August, 2014

No Consent to Proceed

 

A new report issued by SAVE Rivers, a Sarawak Indigenous Peoples Network, details violations of Dayak peoples’ rights by both the government and companies planning to build a huge dam across Sarawak’s second largest river, the Baram.

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