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Promoting Forest Peoples Interests in International Forest Policy Making

Stichting Forest Peoples Programme

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Transforming Development Finance
  • Grant Amount $240,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
  • Geographic Focus Africa, Central America, Europe, Russia, South America

About this grant

The Stichting Forest Peoples Programme works to safeguard the rights and interests of communities dependent on forests by requiring international financial institutions (IFIs), particularly the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank, to comply with vital operational policies and other relevant standards. Multiyear funding will enable the program to continue monitoring and evaluating the practical application of IFI safeguard policies that directly or indirectly affect forests and the indigenous and other local communities they sustain. To meet these objectives, the program will assess the environmental and social performance of IFIs; monitor and evaluate trips to IFI-financed projects in forest communities; assist forest-peoples and forest-dependent communities in appealing against specific IFI-financed projects that threaten the environment and human rights of forest-dependent communities; and publish advocacy documents and monitoring reports.Recent accomplishments included providing international and grassroots networks with regular briefings about the World Bank’s policy revision; raising the profile of the international debate on IFI policies and the need for greater accountability and improved policy implementation; and promoting the participation of forest peoples in policy dialogues that affect them.