Introducing LifeMosaic’s “Territories of Life: A video toolkit for indigenous peoples about land and rights”

LifeMosaic has produced an excellent new series of 10 videos, sharing “stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land”. The video series is titled, “Territories of Life: A video toolkit for indigenous peoples about land and rights”.

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“Global efforts to curb deforestation are failing”: The Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

Checking deforestation requires respect for our basic rights, which are the rights of all peoples and all human beings. Deforestation is unleashed when our rights are not protected and our lands and forests are taken over by industrial interests without our consent.

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REDD: The realities in black and white – new report from Friends of the Earth International

REDD: The realities in black and white - new report from Friends of the Earth International

“There are several red flags and concerns about REDD by indigenous groups and forest dependent peoples as well as mass social movements across the world,” writes Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International from Cancún. A new report from FoEI, released to coincide with the talks in Cancún, highlights these red flags and concerns.

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Social Forum of the Americas rejects REDD. Oh, and capitalism

Social Forum of the Americas rejects REDD. Oh, and capitalismFrom 11-15 August 2010, the fourth Social Forum of the Americas took place in Asuncion, in Paraguay. The forum started with a march through the city, with about five thousand people taking part. Viá Campesina organised a campground for the rural communities from Paraguay who made up about half of those present. About three hundred workshops took place and at the end the Social Forum produced a Declaration.

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World Bank approves R-PIN for Paraguay despite lack of consultation with Indigenous Organisations

World Bank approves R-PIN for Paraguay despite lack of consultation with Indigenous OrganisationsIn October 2008, groups in Paraguay learned that the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility had approved the Government of Paraguay’s Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN). This is the document that government must submit to the Bank in order to receive funds from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The Bank approved the Paraguayan R-PIN despite the fact that there had been no consultation with Indigenous Organisations in Paraguay about the plan.

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