Gathering on Extractives & Human Rights: views of mining-affected communities

Mining provides society with a range of essential materials, such as nickel, copper and cobalt. Yet the extractives sector causes large-scale loss of nature and biological diversity, and is linked to human rights violations. In October, over 300 individuals from civil society organisations and community groups from the Asia-Pacific region gathered to discuss a joint strategy for regional advocacy, especially in the light of impacts of COVID to current work on resisting destructive mining operations or threats.

Header image: © Erwin Mascarinas, NTFP-EP Philippines / IUCN NL

Stop illegal activities in DR Congo Protected Areas

In the week before COP26, 234 Congolese and international organisations called on the Head of State of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to put an end to the illegal exploitation of protected areas.

Header photo: Upemba-Kundelungu Complex © Paul Villaespesa / IUCN NL

Indonesia’s climate approach will backfire without a palm oil moratorium

At COP26 in Glasgow, more than 100 leaders, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo, committed to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. Yet in his speech, Widodo made no mention of the moratorium on palm oil plantations, which expired in September. Without this moratorium, Indonesia’s climate approach will backfire, NGO Sawit Watch warns.

Header photo: palm oil plantation © Sawit Watch

Political freedom in Uganda increasingly under pressure

Six employees of AFIEGO in Uganda were detained for 72 hours last weekend, without formal charges being brought against them. The arrests are part of a worrying pattern of harassment and persecution of AFIEGO by Ugandan authorities.

Header photo by Zbynek Burival on Unsplash

Promote local ownership and governance of nature to reach climate and biodiversity targets

Local ownership and governance of biodiversity is crucial to achieve global and national biodiversity and climate targets. Therefore, the position and rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) need to be valued, recognized and strengthened in the 2030 Global Biodiversity Framework and the climate convention (COP26) in Glasgow.

Header photo: Aerial view of forest © Michael Olsen for Unsplash

Biodiversity integration in the Dutch financial sector: Why it’s critical to be proactive and invest in nature

VBDO and IUCN NL surveyed five banks and 13 asset owners/asset managers headquartered in the Netherlands. Despite the Dutch Central Bank’s warning that financial institutions can be impacted financially when they fail to take sufficient action on biodiversity loss, only 28% of the surveyed Dutch financial institutions have started to assess the financial risks of biodiversity loss. None of them make use of scenario analysis for biodiversity loss to inform strategic risk management.

Header photo: monarch butterfly by James Wheeler on Unsplash

Gaining recognition for territories conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the Philippines and Bolivia

Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) play a central role in conserving and defending their territories. These Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) are under increasing pressure, resulting in a global movement to gain recognition for the importance of these areas. IUCN NL’s partners in the Philippines and Bolivia are both active in this movement and are dealing with a lot of the same challenges to gain recognition for their land. Civil society organizations from the Philippines embarked on a learning exchange to Bolivia to learn about the situation of IPLCs in the country and their movement toward the recognition of ICCAs.

Header photo: © Erwin Mascarinas, NTFP-EP Philippines / IUCN NL

Including smallholders in EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests

In Mid-December 2021 the European Commission is due to release a regulatory proposal to minimise the European Union’s (EU) deforestation and forest degradation footprint. In advance of this draft proposal, six NGOs have come together to outline how the EU can ensure that the Regulation does not harm communities and smallholders (key actors in the production of forest and ecosystem risk commodities (FERCs)).

Beekeeping as a win-win solution around Virunga National Park

The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most biodiverse areas of flora and fauna in the world. However, the area in and around the park is also under pressure due to conflict, armed rebels, illegal activities and population growth. IUCN NL partner organization IDPE identified that a beekeeping cooperative and professional support have the potential to reduce deforestation and to support livelihoods of communities around the park.

Header photo by: Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

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