Forest Investment Meeting Criticized

24 September 2013

Civil society organizations staged a rally against the Forest Investment Plan (FIP) meeting attended by participants from eight countries, in Yogyakarta on Tuesday.

They said the FIP, which was part of the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), had activities that did not adopt a participatory-based mechanism, was funded through debt, and threatened the rights of indigenous people in their forests.

“The FIP does not involve local communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Debt funds being used to finance the program will also burden the people,” said Hamzal Wahyudin, the spokesperson of the Yogyakarta Civil Societies Alliance to Reject the Forest Investment Plan, on Tuesday.

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