Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) advocates an alternative vision of how forests should be managed and controlled, based on respect for the rights of the peoples who know them best. We work with forest peoples in South America, Africa, and Asia, to help them secure their rights, build up their own organisations and negotiate with governments and companies as to how economic development and conservation are best achieved on their lands.
FPP was founded in 1990 in response to the forest crisis, specifically to support indigenous forest peoples’ struggles to defend their lands and livelihoods. It registered as a non-governmental human rights Dutch Stichting in 1997, and then later, in 2000, as a UK charity, No. 1082158 and a company limited by guarantee (England & Wales) Reg. No. 3868836, with a registered office in the UK.
Forest Peoples Programme has grown into a respected and successful organisation that now operates right around the tropical forest belt where it serves to bridge the gap between policy makers and forest peoples. Through advocacy, practical projects and capacity building, FPP supports forest peoples to deal directly with the outside powers, regionally, nationally, and internationally that shape their lives and futures. Forest Peoples Programme has contributed to, and continues supporting, the growing indigenous peoples’ movement whose voice is gaining influence and attention on the world-wide stage.
While peoples make their own history, it is also true that in each historical moment, peoples are reflected in their leaders. The first generation of AIDESEP’s founding leaders is engraved in the memory of those who know and love the history of their people in the Amazon.
With the experience gained in the struggle for self-organisation, AIDESEP’s federation of grassroots organisations have drawn up the following objectives:
- To represent the immediate and historical interests of all the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon
- To guarantee the conservation and the development of the cultural identity, territory and values of each of the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon.
- To make the exercise of self-determination of indigenous peoples possible within the framework of Peruvian national law and international law.
- To promote the human and sustainable development of Indigenous Peoples.
The Interethnic Association of the Peruvian Amazon (AIDESEP) is legally established as a not-for-profit non- governmental organisation with legal personality in private law recorded in the Public Registry of Associations of the City of Lima dated May 27, 1985 (file No. 6835, Seat A-1).
PUSAKA is an Indonesian non-profit organisation focusing on:
- Research, advocacy and the documentation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights
- Capacity development
- Education on and empowerment of indigenous peoples’ rights, including the right to land, and economic, social and cultural rights
- Strengthening community organisations
PUSAKA was established in 2002 by local activists who have extensive experience in advocacy activities for indigenous peoples’ rights and popular education.