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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Companies promoting Genetically Modified Trees open up to scrutiny

15 April, 2014

Following an information sharing meeting of The Forests Dialogue hosted by Forests Peoples Programme and FERN in November 2013, five major pulp and paper companies have released information about their plans to develop Genetically Modified Trees (GMT).

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Conflict Palm Oil in Practice

Rainforest Action Network

3 April, 2014

Conflict Palm Oil in Practice

EXPOSING KLK'S ROLE IN RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION, LAND GRABBING AND CHILD LABOR

Around the world rogue palm oil companies are destroying rainforests and violating the rights of Indigenous Peoples, rural communities and workers in order to produce Conflict Palm Oil, which is finding its way into hundreds of products lining American supermarket aisles.

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Impacts of German private sector involvement for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the Maï-Ndombe REDD+ Project in the DRC

FPP and INFOE

1 April, 2014

Front cover of Mai-Ndombe Redd+ Project in the DRC

This is a case study on the Maï Ndombe REDD Project, which is financially supported by the German based company "Forest Carbon Group AG"  through the local company ERA Carbon Offsets (now known as Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc.).  The objective of the case study is to examine the implementation of this project especially in relation to the rights of indigenous and local communities to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the elaboration and implementation of project activities, in order to (i) help stakeholders in Germany better understand the situation with regard to the

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Joint Letter on the World Bank’s Proposed Systematic Country Diagnostic and Country Partnership Framework

11 March, 2014

Critical inputs on the process of developing the World Bank’s new approach to assessing and managing serious risks at the country diagnostic and planning level.

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Indonesia: palm oil comany and army kill villager as land conflict escalates in PT AP in Jambi, Sumatra

8 March, 2014

In a further tragic escalation of the long running land conflict between palm oil developer PT Asiatic Persada and the local Batin Sembilan peoples, also referred to as Suku Anak Dalam, soldiers from the Indonesian army took a villager into custody in the company premises last week after which he was tortured and brutalised. When others protested, five of them were also rounded up, arrested and beaten up. Meanwhile other protesting villagers were chased away by the army repeatedly firing off their weapons.

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Live Panel Debate on the Social Impacts of Palm Oil with FPP and Sabah Environmental Protection Agency

24 February, 2014

You can watch Marcus Colchester, Senior Policy Advisor for FPP, in a recording of a live debate on the Social Impacts of Palm Oil in a Panel Debate hosted by Nadine Hawa of BetterPalmOilDebate with the head of the NGO Sabah Environmental Protection Agency and a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs. The debate highlights the problems in the sector, especially land grabbing.

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FPP E-Newsletter February 2014 (PDF Version)

FPP

18 February, 2014

FPP E-Newsletter February 2014

Dear friends,

The UN General Assembly during its 69th session, on 22-23 September  this year, will convene a high-level plenary meeting - the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples  – to review the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) since its adoption in 2007, and to identify outstanding issues and actions pertaining to indigenous peoples and development.

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Palm oil company efforts to slow deforestation not sustainable

17 February, 2014

Community member in palm oil plantation

Palm oil companies have long been criticised for their damaging clearance, of both forests and peatlands, which contributes significantly to global warming. It is estimated that Indonesia, where deforestation is still increasing despite Presidential promises to halt it, is the world’s third highest emitter of green house gases. This is mainly due to large scale land clearance for palm oil plantations, pulp and paper ventures and transmigration.  Considering the ineffectiveness of Government efforts, getting companies to set aside forest and peatland areas within their concessions seems like a sensible way to limit the problem. But, given that most concessions are handed out by governments without first recognising and securing the lands of local communities,what are the implications of these set-asides for the rights and livelihoods of forest peoples?

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Legality without justice? How to ensure that FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) achieve both

17 February, 2014

The central safeguard against unjust laws is to ensure that forest communities directly influence the content of legal reforms

This article seeks to touch base with the policy objectives of the European Union (EU)’s 2003 Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (‘FLEGT’) Action Plan, and highlight lessons learnt during Forest Peoples Programme’s EU-funded Strong Seat at the Table project.[1] With partners Centre pour l'Environnement et le Développement (Centre for the Environment and for Development, CED), FERN and ClientEarth, the ‘Strong Seat’ project supported the legal capacity of civil society partners engaged in VPA-related legal reforms in West and Central Africa.

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