Since 2018, our partner Forest Foundation Philippines has been promoting participatory multi-stakeholder dialogues in landscapes across the Philippines. These dialogues contribute to inclusive and well-informed decision-making on land and water governance and link landscape actors to national decision-makers.
The native indigenous territory of Guarayos (Tierras Comunitarias de Origen – TCO) has a titled area of 1,343,646 ha, of which 90% are forests that are still in a good state of conservation, thanks to the 111 Community Forest Organizations (OFC) that execute their General Forest Management Plans in an area of 1,274,614 ha of forest.
The forest of the Indudur Nagari community in West Sumatra in Indonesia is rich in forest products, including the candlenut. You can make all kinds of products from candlenuts to increase the value, such as oil. However, this potential had not yet been fully exploited by the inhabitants. Uni Mirna and 4 other women saw an opportunity.
The planned Kaliwa dam in the Philippines the sources of income, water supply, sacred sites and biodiversity of the indigenous Dumagats. Local leader Clara Dullas therefore calls on other Dumagats to speak out against and the dam and for their rights, such as the right to free prior and informed consent (FPIC).
Like many countries, Vietnam is suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to reduce the risk of outbreaks of similar zoonotic diseases and to promote nature conservation rather than the trading in wild animals, our local partner PanNature educates citizens on the risks of wildlife farming.
The government of Ghana intends to exploit the Atewa forest for bauxite. Proponents of the plan expect economic prosperity. Nana Ampem Darko-Amponsah was one of them. Until A Rocha Ghana invited him to visit an operational bauxite mine elsewhere in the country.
For forest dependent communities, securing rights to forests and lands that they hold by tradition and customs is a prerequisite for local development. Introduced by the Congolese forest code for natural resources management, this ensures protection against expropriation with land titles issued by the provincial governor.
Palm oil suppliers of biofuel producer Neste are responsible for the deforestation of at least 10,000 hectares since the beginning of 2019, according to research by Profundo, commissioned by Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands).