Rainforest Foundation UK News
“Squatters on their own lands”: DRC forest communities impoverished by their government’s “unfair and outdated” laws – report finds
A new report published today by the Rainforest Foundation UK challenges current laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which ascribe all ownership of land to the State and deprive forest dwelling people of any right to own or protect forest for their own benefit.
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Four Peruvian indigenous environmental and human rights activists, including outspoken Asháninka leader Edwin Chota, were brutally murdered on September 1st or 2nd, 2014, near the Brazilian border, presumably by illegal loggers from whom they had been receiving death threats. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, but follows a long-term pattern of deadly violence against environmental defenders worldwide.
Ruth honoured by Peruvian Congress
Indigenous Asháninka leader Ruth Buendía was yesterday (Monday) awarded with a Diploma of Honour of the Republic. She was presented the award at a special ceremony chaired by the President of the Peruvian Congress Ana María Solórzano who officially recognised her work defending the environmental rights of the Asháninka in Peru.
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Amazonian leader receives indigenous award for rights advocacy
Indigenous leader and Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) partner Ruth Buendía has been awarded the Bartolomé de las Casas prize for her commitment to standing up for the human and environmental rights of the Asháninka people in the Peruvian Amazon.
The jury, acting for the Spanish Foreign Ministry’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America together with Casa de America, praised her activism that helped to halt the development of the Pakitzapango dam, which would have flooded the rainforest home of 10,000 indigenous people.
RFUK staffer Georges-Thierry Handja (pictured) has just finished training sixteen Cameroonians who will join our team as we start to map areas of rainforest under imminent threat from palm oil companies, logging and road-building.
Over the next five years, we aim to digitally map an area of Congo Basin rainforest 30 times the size of Greater London, showing where local communities live, which areas they are protecting, and information about their access to health care, jobs and schools.
Proposed changes to World Bank safeguard policies will undermine decades of advances in indigenous peoples’ rights – Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
As the United Nations (UN), prepares to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, August 9, the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples are now under greater threat by new policies being promoted by the World Bank, the international financial institution that provides funding for projects in developing countries.
The Bank has recently unveiled a new set of ‘safeguard’ policies, with which it is supposed to comply with to ensure that the billions of dollars it lends for projects such as roads, dams and logging schemes each year cause no harm to local people or the environment, and do not infringe their rights.
Kemito Ene present their produce at Cocoa and Chocolate festival Peru
More than 30,000 people attended the annual chocolate festival, Salon del Cocoa y Chocolate in Peru where producers, including Kemito Ene – the Asháninka indigenous cocoa association from the Ene River – showcased their products to the market and appealed to prospective buyers.
At the festival, held between 4 – 6 July, the President, Claudio Vasquez and Treasurer, Mauro Mendoza of Kemito Ene introduced the crowd to their highly aromatic cocoa, which had been produced by more than 130 Asháninka families.
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The Rainforest Foundation UK is looking to find a dedicated Programmes Administrator to provide key administrative, financial and logistical support to around 12 programmes staff (4 with full time support, and 8 with general support) who are managing a number of projects, primarily in the Congo Basin but also currently in Peru. The Programmes Administrator will work closely with the Head of Programmes.