Honduras - World Bank REDD Project Not Consulting Indigenous Peoples
Posted on Mar 05, 2012
Support from the Ford Foundation for The Indigenous Peoples Confederation of Honduras's right to consultation.
The statement calls on the Government of Honduras to withdraw the draft REDD Readiness Proposal it submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
The Indigenous Peoples Confederation of Honduras (CONPAH), the most representative body of Indigenous Peoples in Honduras, recently issued a strong statement about the lack of consultation related to REDD+ in Honduras. The statement calls on the Government of Honduras to withdraw the draft REDD Readiness Proposal (R-PP) it submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and begin a good faith dialogue with the Indigenous Peoples based on the principle of Free Prior and Informed Consent, and demands that the GIZ, Rainforest Alliance, UNDP, USAID, and other donors suspend all of their activities related to REDD In Honduras for the time being.
I think it is important that people are aware of this decision by the Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, and would like to request your assistance in sharing this letter with relevant stakeholders. It would also be very useful for the donors mentioned in the letter to clarify their position with regards to CONPAH’s demands.
Confederation of Autochthonous Peoples of Honduras (CONPAH)
Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., February 8, 2012
We, the Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Peoples, who make up the Confederation of Autochthonous Peoples of Honduras (CONPAH) are surprised to find out that the Government of Honduras, through its Secretary, has submitted to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Readiness Project Proposal (R-PP) named “PREPARATION FOR REDUCING EMISSIONS BY DEFORESTATION AND FOREST DEGRADATION IN HONDURAS”. We believe that this unilateral decision from the State of Honduras, of submitting this document to the FCPF for approval constitutes a violation of our Rights because we as Peoples do not know its content and scope, even more importantly, our free, prior and informed Consent, as mandated by the FCPF guidelines and international instruments that guarantee our Rights, has not been granted.
Given that this R-PP document was drafted without consulting with us, and without our consent, the Confederation of Autochthonous Peoples of Honduras (CONPAH) proposes the following:
That the State of Honduras withdraw the R-PP document submitted to the World Bank’s FCPF to begin a good-faith process for the creation and formulation based on the principle of free, previous and informed consent.
Through its Federations and members, the Confederation of Autochthonous Peoples of Honduras (CONPAH) will facilitate a consultative process based on the free, previous and informed consent, and in agreement with our overall World view, understanding that this process will be under the control of the Federations united under the CONPAH.
We likewise demand that the GIZ, Rainforest Alliance, USAID, UNDP and other Bilateral and Multilateral collaborators suspend all activities and financing related to the REDD processes in Indigenous and Afro-Honduran territories.
Bayardo Alemán, CONPAH President
Norvin Goff, MASTA President
Edilia Isidra Montes, Treasurer CONPAH, P. FFTRIXY
Erenia Sanchez, Member
Edgardo Benitez M., FITH, President
With copy to:
World Bank/ Carbon Partnership Facility Forest (FCPF)
Regional and Honduras GIZ
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Honduras
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Honduras
Defender of Ethnic Peoples and Cultural Heritage of Honduras
National Congress of the Republic of Honduras
Indigenous Council of Central America – CICA
Indigenous Federations of Honduras
The Civil Society
Presidency of the Republic of Honduras
Secretary of Indigenous and African descent in Honduras/SEDINAFROH
Forest Conservation Institute – ICF
From: David Kaimowitz at the Ford Foundation