The August 26th killing of a Batwa youth by an eco-guard was tragic in itself, but also represents a far more widespread conservation-related tragedy.
Over four intense days, representatives from communities, conservation, human rights and government engaged in a Global Dialogue on Human Rights and Biodiversity Conservation.
In accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, States Parties to the Charter are required to submit every two years, a report on the legislative or other measures taken, with a view to giving effect to the rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed by the Charter.
Between November 20-23, FPP is co-organising a Global Dialogue on Human Rights and Biodiversity Conservation, along with SwedBio, Natural Justice and IUCN CEESP-TGER.
Around 5 per cent of the world’s population are indigenous, and every day huge numbers of indigenous people risk their life in protection of their ancestral lands.
According to Global Witness’ Defenders of the Earth 2017 report, nearly 40 per cent of the defenders who died in 2016 were indigenous.
Arman Melinga was born in the nearby village of Bosquet but moved to Assoumindelé to live with his wife’s family. He says the Baka of Assoumindelé were not properly told about the community forest, and what it would mean. He explains how they feel cheated.
Women from a village in south east Cameroon say they won’t be able to access a parcel of land that has been allocated to their community as part compensation for land lost to a national reserve.
Suzanne Ndjele, a Baka from the village of Assoumindelé, in south Cameroon, is one of many Baka who feels life has changed since they were stopped from entering the forest they had considered their land since birth.
Michel Mbengo moved to Assoumindelé 2 in 2011 through marriage. He says that the small parcel of land they have been given as a community forest is for selling timber, but they would like to be able to do more. He explains.
Cameroon’s forest indigenous peoples’ platform has released a Declaration calling for respect of their customary tenure rights. It further calls for change from the State and other actors on consent, chiefdoms, benefit sharing and participation.
A group of indigenous peoples in Cameroon have released a Declaration calling for respect of their customary tenure rights. It further calls for change from the State and other actors on consent, chiefdoms, benefit sharing and participation.
In the first half of 2017, Forest Peoples Programme completed an internal rapid scoping of core lessons learnt by forest peoples and their allies in efforts to achieve sustainable livelihoods and self-determined development.
A young Batwa boy has been shot dead after being found in a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his father.
The Civil Society Working Group on Land Rights Reforms (the Working Group), in collaboration with the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL), has been actively advocating land reform in particular the protection of customary land rights since 2009
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), millions of communities and indigenous peoples are not granted legal recognition because of poverty, lack of access to information, stereotypes and stigma.
The Ogiek of Kenya have won a landmark land rights case at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is engaged in a land reform process under the Government’s action plan. A number of reforms for enhancing economic growth are planned, including those that relate to the principles established for governing property, and the use and management of land resources and improving their productivity and contribution to social development.
The United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has made a series of recommendations to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in the context of conservation activities.
FPP welcomed the opportunity during the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to support IWGIA in raising important issues to the attention of the Forum regarding the issuance of waivers by the World Bank to key safeguard policies, including in the case of an investment into agricultural development in Tanzania.
Community forestry, understood as “the right for communities to manage the forest resources upon which they depend, with a view to improving their living conditions and recognised as such by the State”* remains an objective to be achieved in the Republic of Congo.