(5) March 2015

Indigenous rights ‘denied’

Despite Cambodia’s indigenous peoples being legally recognised and protected under the country’s Forestry and Land Laws, limited implementation combined with a lack of coordination have resulted in many indigenous communities being denied their land and legal rights, according to a report by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. (Ethan Harfenist / Phnom Penh Post)

Chapter 1 Context and Challenges from Grassroots Leadership and Popular Education in Indonesia

LifeMosaic and The Samdhana Institute are serialising a new book: Grassroots Leadership and Popular Education in Indonesia. This month, Chapter 1: Context and Challenges provides an overview of the unprecedented challenges faced by communities, social movements and ecosystems in Indonesia and around the world.

Local land rights may be in danger from push for palm oil in Liberia

The rights of local and indigenous peoples aren’t being adequately protected in the drive for economic development, according to a report published in February by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a coalition of forest-oriented organizations. (John C. Cannon / mongabay.com)

Palm oil firms in Peru plan to clear 23,000 hectares of primary forest

Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm, according to NGOs. (David Hill : The Guardian)

Police investigate villager’s murder in pulp and paper concession

Indonesian police are investigating the brutal killing of a villager in Jambi at the hands of security guards contracted by Wira Karya Sakti (WKS), a plantation company owned by forestry giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). APP quickly condemned the murder and said it is cooperating with the investigation. (Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.com)

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