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Community Conservation Resilience Initiative in the Solomon Islands

Posted 1st October 2015 in community conservation resilience initiative



This assessment was conducted with communities in Sulufou and Fera Subua in northeast Malaita. It was based on questionnaires, workshops, face-to-face interviews with community leaders and a national workshop in Honiara. It prompted the development of a CCRI advocacy strategy and a legal review.


The two communities are built on traditional artificial islands made of coral stones, and depend on both land and sea resources. For example, root crops and fruit trees are cultivated on the mainland nearby.


The communities explained that …

Community Conservation Resilience Initiative in Guna Yala, Panama

Posted 21st September 2015 in community conservation resilience initiative


The two-day workshop took place on Ustupu island, in the Guna Yala Indigenous Region. People from various Guna communities participated, most of whom live on small, scattered islands. It was attended by a diverse range of community members including the ‘Saglas’ (community chiefs), the administrative chief, members of the Guna women’s committee, and members of a local NGO.

The main types of ecosystem in the region are tropical rainforests, mangroves and coastal marine ecosystems. The region is highly biodiverse, having, …

Support Communities to Conserve Real Forests, Stop Industry’s Fake Forests

Posted 3rd September 2015 in Media releases


2 September, Durban: In a press conference today, the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) [1] highlighted the need for governments to provide policy support for indigenous communities to conserve forests and other ecosystems that form part of their territories. Their role is seldom recognized, and often their livelihoods and territories are threatened by government supported extractive industries like mining, pulp/paper, timber and biofuel monoculture plantations.

GFC warns that the upcoming World Forestry Congress [2] being hosted by the South African government from …

Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) Preliminary Report

Posted 27th August 2015 in biodiversity, community conservation resilience initiative

The aim of the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) is to contribute to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets, by providing policy advice on effective and appropriate forms of support for community conservation.

The project is documenting and reviewing the findings of bottom up, participatory assessments of up to 60 communities in at least 20 different countries, assessing the resilience of community conservation initiatives and the support that should be provided to strengthen …


Posted 11th March 2013 in Blog, Forests, Green Land Grabbing, Indigenous Peoples

In the dense semi-evergreen forests of Chilapata in North Bengal Dooars, the Adibasi residents of the forest villages of the area once again face police action because they have challenged the forest department’s hegemonic control over forests and plantation people had helped preserve and raised, working day and night, braving untold misery and mostly working without wages.

Chilapata was the first forest area in West Bengal where people belonging to the indigenous Rava and Mech communities, along with Jharkhandi Adibasi settlers had officially proclaimed their governance rights …

Doha Updates: MRV as a Trojan Horse for Carbon Markets?

Posted 4th December 2012 in Blog, Carbon Markets, REDD

While the spectacular conference centre where the current climate talks are held looks rather unworldly, it is important to look at the realities behind these negotiations. In Paraguay, for example, the main cause of greenhouse gas emissions is deforestation. The main driver  of forest loss is agriculture and the main underlying cause is meat, meat and more meat, as deforestation is mainly caused by cattle ranching and by the production of soy as fodder for European and Chinese livestock. This …

The Luna talks?

Posted 10th December 2010 in Blog, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

About REDD, LULUCF and Luna-talks

By Simone Lovera, Sobrevivencia-Paraguay and Global Forest Coalition
Of course, when we arrived in Cancun and realized that the meeting venues were called Cancun Messe and Moon Palace, we already knew that these talks would be not only be a complete chaos, but that they would also be disconnected from the real world.

The gap between real life and the hot air, massive loopholes, false promises and other fallacies that marks these “luna-talks” was crystal clear …

The Missing Delegate at Cancún: Indigenous Peoples

Posted 10th December 2010 in Blog, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

cross-posted from: National Geographic blog

Forest set-asides are at the heart of the United Nations’ climate negotiations, but a Native American restoration specialist says it will get the wrong people out of the woods.

As nearly 200 delegates gather at the Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, writer Dennis Martinez points out that Indigenous peoples and their advocates have no official seat among nations, …

“The Voices of those Who Speak for Mother Earth Must Not Be Silenced”

Posted 10th December 2010 in Blog, Climate Justice, UNFCCC COPs

Statement By Tom Goldtooth, Leader of the Indigenous Environmental Network Delegation to UNFCCC COP-16 Negotiations

Dec 9, 2010

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I have come to the UNFCCC COP-16 climate talks in Cancun, Mexico as a member of Grassroots Solutions for Climate Justice — North America a delegation of Indigenous Peoples and representatives from fossil fuel impacted communities who are on the frontlines of addressing the climate crisis. On …

Forest and Indigenous Groups Reject Cancún Forest Deal

Posted 29th November 2010 in bio energy, Climate change, COP16, Indigenous Peoples

Joint Press Release from Global Forest Coalition and Indigenous Environmental Network

26 November, 2010                                   

REDD Will Violate Rights, Accelerate Emissions, Groups Warn

Cancún, Mexico – Indigenous and environmental rights groups warn that an agreement on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico will spell disaster for forest peoples worldwide, limiting the rights of indigenous and peasant people over their territories. The real solution, the groups argue, is for developed countries to reduce …