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.
The Nonuya, Uitoto, Muinane and Andoque peoples of the Colombian Amazon, who self-identify as the ‘People of the Centre’, are calling for more information and substantive changes in the design of the Indigenous Peoples component of the Vision Amazonia forest and climate programme funded by the UK, Germany and Norway, including clear mechanisms to uphold land and territorial rights.
Venezuela: The indigenous peoples of the Caura River in South Venezuela, the Ye’kwana and Sanema, through their organisation Kuyuhani have rejected the imposition of a national park on their lands. The protected area which was announced in the Official Gazette in March 2017 embraces the whole of the Caura Basin, which is one of the largest areas of relatively pristine forests left in the Orinoco watershed.
Indonesia: Following a detailed joint submission by FPP, Pusaka, Greenpeace and EIA last month, the Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued a Stop Work Order to Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd.
On the 2 May 2017, delegates of the Wampis Autonomous Territorial Government (GTA Wampis) notified the Peruvian government of the recent steps taken to form a single body that represents the Wampis people.
The GTA Wampis reminded the government of its obligation to take the necessary steps to recognise this new institution in accordance with their right as indigenous peoples to self-government, to determine their own institutions as well as to enjoy the formal recognition by the Peruvian government to the full extent of their ancestral territory.
Palm oil monoculture is expanding in the “Montes de María” mountains in Colombia, generating protests among communities who are left without lands.
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.
In April, the European Parliament by a substantial cross-party majority adopted a report highlighting the human rights violations, labour abuses, land grabbing and environmental destruction associated with the production of palm oil.
Venezuela mainly features in the international news in reports of the country’s economic meltdown and of the increasingly repressive measures taken by the President, Nicolas Maduro, to cling on to power despite the opposition winning a majority in the Congress. The obverse of these realities gets less attention. In an effort to boost the flagging economy and garner support from the impoverished rural poor, last year the government announced new measures to open up to mining a huge swathe of the south of the country, referred to as the Arco Minero Orinoco.
The Embera Chamí indigenous people of the Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, an indigenous reserve located in the municipalities of Riosucio and Supia in Colombia, know all too well that when it comes to protecting their territory and upholding their rights, they need to move forward autonomously.
In 2011, the CEO of The Global Environment Facility (GEF) committed to developing a policy on indigenous peoples as a framework for engagement between the GEF and indigenous peoples.
After work done by the Indigenous Peoples Task Force to establish an ‘Issues Paper’ to guide this policy development, the GEF instead adopted a framework document, ‘Principles and Guidelines for Engagement with Indigenous Peoples’.
Bogotá 25 April: We, the traditional authorities and elected leaders of the Uitoto, Muinane, Andoque and Nonuya peoples of the Middle Rio Caquetá region of the Colombian Amazon are in Bogotá between the 25th and 28th of April to represent our peoples and our Traditional Association of Indigenous Authorities - the Regional Indigenous Council of Middle Amazonas (CRIMA) in meetings with different State institutions and international agencies. We self-identify ourselves as the "People of the Centre" and heirs of the Green Territory of Life in the Amazon rainforest.
“We must restore the forests and protect the water basins so that the spirit of the water is back with us. Only in this way will the songs of the birds and the sound of the wind through the branches of the trees return to serenade the dawn, and from the lagoons will our spirits emerge to help our doctors heal the earth.”
Hector Jaime Vinasco ex-Governor of the Resguardo and coordinator of the program
Indonesia: Forest Peoples Programme’s local partner Pusaka, Greenpeace, EIA and FPP have jointly protested to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
On the 4th of April 2017 the European Parliament adopted a report by GUE/NGL MEP Kateřina Konečná calling on the Commission to move decisively towards the responsible cultivation of palm oil and to phase out its use for biofuels.
Indonesian President endorses legal recognition of indigenous peoples’ lands as best way to save the forests
The Fourth Constitutional Court of Lima has declared for the Wampis and Awajun peoples over land being explored for oil.
26th March. The lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara in May 2016 against the Peruvian government for issuing their untitled traditional lands to a palm oil company is now heading for Peru’s highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal after the court of second instance in Pucallpa ruled that the case was not admissible as a constitutional appeal or amparo.