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Palm oil industry group orders company to halt Peru planting

Source: Reuters - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:58 GMT, Author: Reuters

LIMA, April 25 (Reuters) - A palm oil industry body on Monday ordered a member company with a 5,000 hectare (12,355 acre) concession in Peru to stop developing new plantations until it can prove it has not cleared any primary forest.

The dispute comes amid growing concerns from environmentalist and indigenous communities about the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in the Peruvian Amazon in recent years.

Indigenous peoples' organisation FECONAU and indigenous community present first Peruvian complaint to RSPO regarding harmful oil palm development on their lands in the Amazon region

Yarinacocha, December 5th 2015: Today on the 5th of December 2015 we, the Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali – FECONAU (Federation of Native Communities of Ucayali) representing 35 communities of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people from the Ucayali region and Santa Clara de Uchunya, located in Requena, Ucayali region in Peru, presented our formal complaint to the RSPO mechanism against the company Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC, member of the RSPO.

La organizacion indígena FECONAU y una comunidad indígena lanzan la primera queja peruana ante la RSPO acerca de plantaciones destructives de palma African en sus tierras en la region Amazónica

Yarinacocha, 05 de Diciembre del 2015: Hoy 05 de Diciembre del 2015, la Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali – FECONAU que representa a 35 comunidades de la región Ucayali y la Santa Clara de Uchunya, del pueblo indígena Shipibo – Konibo, ubicada en Requena, región Ucayali en Perú, hemos presentado formalmente nuestra queja ante el mecanismo RSPO en contra de la empresa Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC miembro de RSPO.

PRESS RELEASE: Peruvian indigenous leader in London to denounce illegal deforestation of 5000 hectares of Peru’s Amazon for palm oil

London, 2nd November 2015: Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, a leader of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon has travelled to a global forum in London on business, deforestation and human rights to highlight the destruction of his people’s traditional lands by an international agribusiness group and member of the RSPO (Round Table for Sustainable Palm oil), a global body that certifies that the production and trade of palm oil is sustainable and respects human rights.

Shipibo community sues Peruvian government for failure to title traditional lands

23rd October 2014, Pucallpa: The Shipibo indigenous community of Korin Bari today filed a law suit against the Peruvian government for its failure to title its traditional territory resulting in the repeated invasion of community lands by illegal loggers and coca growers threatening the lives of community members who protest.

Press Release - Land conflicts, carbon piracy and violations of indigenous peoples’ rights: New report by Amazonian indigenous peoples exposes the reality of REDD+ in Peru and proposes solutions

PRESS INFORMATION - EMBARGOED for 04:00 GMT Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A new report published today by Peruvian indigenous organisations, AIDESEP, FENAMAD and CARE, and international human rights organisation the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), reveals the impact that REDD projects and programmes are already having on the lives of indigenous peoples. The reality of REDD+ in Peru: Between theory and practice - Indigenous Amazonian Peoples’ analyses and alternatives finds that REDD pilot projects run by some NGOs and companies are already undermining the rights of indigenous peoples, and are leading to carbon piracy and conflicts over land and resources. Persistent advocacy efforts by indigenous peoples’ organisations to secure respect for the fundamental rights of indigenous peoples have resulted in some government commitments to modify national REDD programmes financed by the World Bank. Nevertheless, solid guarantees for respect of these rights are yet to materialise.

Roberto Espinoza Llanos, coordinator of AIDESEP’s Climate Change Programme and one of the lead authors of the report, explains, “The commitments made by the previous government in 2011 were not made lightly, they were assumed by the State and approved in a global meeting of the World Bank’s FCPF [Forest Carbon Partnership Facility]. We hope that the present government and international entities like the World Bank will deliver on their promises to respect land and territorial rights. Continual monitoring will be necessary to make sure they keep their word.”

Press Release: World Bank’s forest climate fund slammed for sidelining indigenous peoples’ rights and failing to protect forests

DALAT, Vietnam (23 March 2011) – A new report launched today at the 8th meeting of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) reveals that the Bank is not fulfilling its promises to protect the rights of forest peoples. Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and FERN exposes the World Bank’s failure to uphold its commitments on human rights and its engagement in never-ending changes to its social and environmental policies, weakening its accountability to affected communities and the public.

Nota de prensa: Recriminación al fondo para el clima de los bosques del Banco Mundial por relegar a un segundo plano los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y no proteger los bosques. 23 de marzo de 2011

DALAT, Vietnam (23 de marzo de 2011) – Un nuevo informe publicado hoy con motivo de la 8.ª reunión del Fondo Cooperativo para el Carbono de los Bosques (FCPF) del Banco Mundial revela que este último no está cumpliendo sus promesas de proteger los derechos de los pueblos de los bosques. Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (Humo y espejos: una evaluación crítica del Fondo Cooperativo para el Carbono de los Bosques), publicado por el Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) y FERN, expone el fracaso del Banco Mundial a la hora de cumplir sus compromisos con los derechos humanos y la constante modificación de sus políticas sociales y medioambientales, reduciendo su obligación de rendir cuentas ante las comunidades afectadas y el público.