Companies in Indonesia have been allegedly clearing designated 'High Conservation Value (HCV) areas', rather than managing them appropriately in order to maintain or enhance the identified values of the area. HCV areas include areas important for communities' livelihoods, identities and environmental services.
This report summarises the findings of a field investigation and legal study which shows how voluntary efforts by companies to set aside areas for community livelihoods and for conservation are being frustrated by the ill-fit between the RSPO's procedures - using the 'High Conservation Values' approach - and national laws and procedures. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is to meet in Kuala Lumpur from 1-4 November 2009.
Letter from CERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), under the urgent action procedure, in response to request submitted by AMAN, Sawit Watch, FPP and others. (See original correspondence, July 2009)
In response to an appeal by a global coalition of NGOs, IFC / World Bank President Robert Zoellick has agreed to suspend IFC funding of the oil palm sector pending the development of a revised strategy for dealing with the troubled sector.
In response to an urgent action request from Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Sawit Watch, FPP and others, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has urged Indonesia to guarantee effective protection of indigenous peoples' rights while implementing reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).
Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concerning Indonesia REDD laws and plans. Submitted by AMAN, SawitWatch and FPP
Expansion of biofuels plantations and plans to market forest carbon fail to respect indigenous peoples' rightsPress release issued by AMAN, Sawit Watch and Forest Peoples Programme(See UN's Urgent Action letter)
Letter adopted under the urgent action and early warning procedures expressing serious concerns about indigenous peoples' rights in relation to oil plam plantations and a proposed regulation on REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)
concerning the situation of indigenous peoples in the Republic of Indonesia that request urgent action measuresSubmission by Sawit Watch, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara and FPP