BBC World News reports that an oil palm plantation now owned by the Malaysian IOI Group has taken over Kayan people's lands without their consent. According to the BBC reports, the Kayan have been fighting the case in the courts for 11 years. IOI is one of the founding members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
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.
'Selling the Seas', a film produced by The Ecologist Film Unit with the Indonesian NGO, KIARA and FPP exposes the growing public opposition to the Indonesian government's plans to clear a further 700,000 hectares of coast, much of it mangrove, threatening the livelihoods of fisherfolk and other coastal peoples. KIARA demands that northern supermarkets and certifiers pay more attention to the harsh social and environmental costs of inappropriate, industrial shrimp and prawn production. Link to the film on The Ecologist website
Civil society organisations recommend that actions being taken by the President of the World Bank Group to ensure sustainable environmental and social practices in palm oil development for the IFC be equally applied to the WBG’s public sector investments.Letter from civil society organisations to World Bank President4 November 2009
This briefing provides an update on private sector proposals to develop plantation, conservation and REDD schemes on the Kampar Peninsular, Riau Province, in Indonesia. It highlights how the rights and views of communities have so far not been given priority and recommends rights-based approaches and dialogue between affected rights holders and other parties to avoid conflict and promote sustainable forest and climate schemes.
Part of FPP's Rights, forests and climate briefing series.
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.
In response to a complaint made to the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) by a coalition of international NGOs, the World Bank's president, Robert Zoellick, has agreed to suspend further investment in the oil palm sector, pending the development of a revised strategy for dealing with the troubled sector.
International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFC)
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.
(Letter in Bahasa Indonesia)
In the light of the critical audit and after carefully assessing the IFC 'Management Response' to it, a coalition of NGOs have called on the IFC to suspend financing the oil palm sector in Indonesia until after the IFC reviews its approach and develops a participatory strategy to ensure full compliance with its Performance Standards.NGO letter to World Bank President and Executive Directors
An internal IFC report (by its Compliance Advisor Ombudsman) has conceded that by providing loans to the Wilmar palm oil trading group, the IFC has allowed commercial interests to override its social and environmental standards.FPP press release
Declaration resulting from the National Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on Climate Change and REDD and AMAN's National Strategic Meeting, 5-8 August 2009
Full text of IFC Management Response to the CAO's hard-hitting audit report
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
Full text of the CAO's audit of the IFC's investments in Wilmar companies.