Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

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bullet2 Forest People's Programme

HQ situated in U.K.


Type of NGO:  NGO,

Interest in Forestry: central

Contact method: email : 


Forest Peoples Programme supports forest peoples to secure and sustainably manage their forests, lands and livelihoods. Our strategies to achieve this include:

    * promoting the rights and interests of forest peoples at local, national and international levels

    * creating space for forest peoples to have an effective voice in decision-making processes

    * challenging top-down policies and projects that deprive local peoples of resources

    * coordinating support among environmental organisations for forest peoples' visions

    * supporting community-led sustainable forest management

    * publicising forest peoples' plight through research, analysis and documentation.

FPP has extensive and long-term field programmes in Venezuela, the three Guyanas (Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana), Central Africa, and South and South-East Asia. See 'Publications and Reports' for details. We carry out national and international advocacy focused on policy-making related to forests and human rights, and work collaboratively with many NGOs and environmental and human rights networks to help coordinate NGO positions on international forest policy and related intergovernmental and private sector initiatives. Since 1992 we have acted as policy adviser to the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests - the only intercontinental movement of indigenous peoples in the tropics. Originally set up in 1990 as a project of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), in 1997 FPP became an independent NGO, now registered as a charity in England. FPP is distinctive among the NGOs active in these international fora in adopting a rights-based approach to environment and development issues. We put forward clear, accurately documented arguments based on on-the-ground research in collaboration with indigenous peoples and other forest-dwelling communities, as well as on detailed desk-based analysis.