Our Impacts

For nearly 30 years we have worked alongside indigenous organisations and forest communities to advocate for their rights, and promote an alternative vision of how forests should be managed. In this time, we have seen how the tenacity and long-term vision of forest peoples has changed international conservation practice, set legal precedents, and gained recognition for the importance of forests and how the rights of communities should be upheld.

These are some of the key victories we've been a part of over the past three decades: 

  • Establishment of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)

    Indigenous activists from around the world established the IIFB, a key body presenting the rights and interests of indigenous peoples in the deliberations of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the 3rd Conference of the parties held in Argentina. The IIFB remains a major coordinating body for indigenous rights to this day.

  • Landmark court decision upholds forest peoples’ rights in Suriname

    The Inter-American Court of Human Rights found that Suriname had violated the human rights of 130 people from the Maroon village of Moiwana, a culmination of a legal challenge brought by FPP and partners working together since 1997. The Suriname Government were ordered to return the lands to the community, apologise to them, and develop a $1.2 million community fund.

  • Adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly after years of global campaigning by organisations including FPP. The Declaration outlines the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlawing discrimination against them. It is a key milestone in the international recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • Whakatane Mechanism created

    FPP and partners established the Whakatane Mechanism at IUCN’s Sharing Power conference. The Whakatane Mechanism aims to assess how protected areas are affecting local people and proposes solutions where there are problems. It also aims to identify and support protected areas that recognise the role of indigenous peoples’ in preserving biodiversity.

  • Wapichan people launched territorial plan

    Leaders of the Wapichan launched their territorial management plan at a public event in the capital of Guyana. They presented a community map of their traditional lands and a plan for care of their territory & resources, including customary laws, sustainable land use, and conservation of cultural heritage and wildlife sites. FPP contributed technical, planning & facilitation assistance.

  • First autonomous indigenous government in Peru is created

    The Wampis communities came together to form a territorial government to secure control and protection of their land & resources. With FPP support, they secured a legal framework to govern based on principles of FPIC, collective well-being, and a harmonious relationship with the natural world. Their 1st resolution declared their 1.3 million ha ancestral territory as an integrated territory.

  • Local Biodiversity Outlook is first step towards collecting data on Aichi targets by indigenous communities

    CBD COP13, Mexico: FPP, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) and the CBD Secretariat presented Local Biodiversity Outlooks. This landmark publication included case studies from around the globe, and represented the first step in a plan to collect data on the work being carried out on all 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets by indigenous peoples and local communities globally.

  • Closing the Gap: Rights-based solutions for tackling deforestation

    A report on potential reforms to global supply chains to tackle forest loss and uphold human rights. It is aimed at forest policy makers, governments, businesses and others developing policies, standards and initiatives. It synthesises findings from case studies on forest peoples’ rights and tropical deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Guyana, Liberia, Cameroon & DR