Rainforest Foundation UK News
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.
Extension du projet de cartographie participative dans l'Ingende, territoire de la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo
Meet the Community Lawyers
The Rainforest Foundation (RFUK) develops special field programmes for teams of young African lawyers known as Community legal field workers (CLFWs) to work with forest communities, indigenous peoples and local organisations to help them defend community rights in relation to land and resources, confront abuses of forest peoples’ rights and obtain essential legal documents such as identity papers. Since 2005, we have worked in numerous countries in the Congo Basin to support community lawyers, and are currently working in Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to train these local lawyers to provide direct support to communities to defend their rights.
Extension of Participatory mapping project in Ingende, Province of Equateur Democratic Republic of Congo
Extension of Participatory mapping project in Ingende, Province of Equateur Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
The Rainforest Foundation (RFUK) and its local NGO partner, the Groupe D’action pour Sauver L’Homme et son Environnement (GASHE) will expand RFUK’s current participatory mapping project to the Ingende Territory which will involve up to 350 local and indigenous communities. This region covers about 17,000km² in the forest Province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The primary reasons for expanding the project are due to the numerous challenges encountered in the province in relation to governance of forest resources. Further to this, there are logging titles and agro-industrial concessions (such as palm oil plantations) that overlap with traditional lands, meaning that there is a heightened risk of local conflicts and poor governance of resources.
RFUK embarks upon a new era in its Mapping and Forest Governance in the Congo Basin
The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) alongside its local NGO partner FODER (Forêts et Développement Rurale) has embarked upon a new phase in the Mapping and Forest Governance in the Congo Basin by extending project activities into Cameroon.
This project aims to reduce poverty in tropical rainforest areas through promoting sustainable management of natural resources and improving forest governance. More specifically, it aims to ensure respect for forest communities’ customary land rights, the improvement of forest governance through the strengthening of the capacity of forest communities and civil society organisations to promote community rights to forest lands and resources.