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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CSO Letter to the Green Climate Fund

1 July, 2015

A joint letter from over a hundred civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations requesting public consultation on the Information Disclosure Policy being development by the Green Climate Fund, the operational funding arm of the UN Climate Change Convention. 

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Letter to World Bank Group Special Representative to the EU

22 June, 2015

Letter responding to consultation called on Development Policy Lending, an area of Bank financing that does not apply safeguards.

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Herakles abandons all operations in Mundemba and Toko concession areas, Cameroon

4 June, 2015

Mundemba: May31, 2015 (SEFE/FR/MY01/2015)

Herakles Farms, a New York based investment Firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) which has been under the spotlight of increasing local and international opposition for its intention to establish oil palm plantations in protected areas (including the iconic Korup National Park in south west Cameroon) has abandoned all operations in the Mundemba and Toko Subdivisions respectively and in Ndian Division on May 29, 2015.

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Palmed Off - No Accountability, No Rights

1 June, 2015

The palm oil industry’s bad reputation has survived the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which commits member companies to social and environmental sustainability. The RSPO logo certification is visible on many everyday groceries containing palm oil.  However whilst RSPO boasts many of the biggest palm oil producers and buyers among its members, displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands, farms and forests is rife.

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Inga Dam in the DRC to Result in the Resettlement of up to 20,000 People

1 June, 2015

In March 2014, the World Bank Board of directors gave final approval for a grant of USD$73 million towards the construction of the Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River in the Bas Congo Province of the DRC.  Inga 3 represents the first phase of a vast programme to create the largest and most powerful hydroelectric network in the world, even surpassing the China’s Three Gorges Dam. 

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UNDP Adopts New Social and Environmental Standards: A Welcomed Cut Above the Rest

1 June, 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has adopted and made effective (as of 1 January 2015), new Social and Environmental Standards (SES or Standards).  They are accompanied by a revised Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) and two new compliance and accountability mechanisms: the Stakeholder Response Mechanism and the Social and Environmental Compliance Mechanisms (and "Unit" known as SECU).

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Extraordinary Failures Exposed by Report into World Bank Financing of Resettlement

1 June, 2015

An investigative report reveals an extraordinary failure by the Bank to track and monitor the longer-term impacts of resettlement caused by Bank financing. The report, the work of a team of more than 50 reporters working in 21 countries, reveals a stunning total of 3.4 million people have been displaced by projects financed between 2004 and 2013.

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Press Release: Palm oil regulator asked to investigate illegal land grabs by Wilmar Group supplier in Borneo

1 June, 2015


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Borneo human rights organization files complaint alleging multiple breaches of RSPO standards by palm oil supplier PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa (SMP) / First Resources.

Kalimantan, 1st June 2015: Acting on behalf of local indigenous communities, on 11th May 2015 human rights and environmental organization Lingkaran Advokasidan Riset (LinkAR) Borneo delivered a complaint letter to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) alleging multiple violations of RSPO requirements by PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa (PT. SMP) - a key Wilmar Group supplier and subsidiary of First Resources Group.

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Joint Civil Society Letter to the World Bank

27 May, 2015

Civil society organisations are expressing concern about the format of the third round of consultations for the World Bank safeguard review, requesting broad face-to-face consultations on specific issue areas as well as targeted consultations in Bank borrower countries.

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Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

25 May, 2015

The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

"The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel."

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