We provide integral support to groups in Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines who fight for the recognition of their rights to exist, to control their land and to sustain their economies autonomously.
Territorial Security and Access to Justice for the Indigenous Bahau Dayak peoples of the Upper Mahakam – Perkumpulan Nurani Perempuan (PNP)
The Indigenous women’s organization Perkumpulan Nurani Perempuan (PNP) saw a great success in their first year in 2017. Through a complaint brought by this group of women, the timber company PT KBT has seen its logging certificates revoked on the Long Isun Dayak community land. There has been a freeze on the expansion of company operations into Long Isun land, and the local government has started to engage in a dialogue with the communities’ representatives after years of silence. These victories have encouraged Dayak communities to speak out against similar human rights abuses.
This year the project will expand to the communities of Long Lunak and Long Tuyoq, two Indigenous villages who experienced parallel violations to those felt in Long Isun.
The project will provide capacity-building on land and community rights, community land use planning, environmental monitoring, and paralegal support to secure Indigenous land titles.
Preventing the Destruction of Pristine Tropical Forest and Safeguarding Indigenous Land Rights – Yayasan/Lembaga Gerakan Masyarakat Papua Lestari (GEMAPALA) (Papuan People’s Movement for Sustainability Institute)
2018 is Rainforest Fund’s first year working with GEMAPALA. The project focuses on preventing the destruction of over half a million hectares of tropical forest in West Papua, which is at risk to industrial timber and oil palm plantations; and provides paralegal support for land titling. To do this, GEMAPALA is working with the Irarutu, Mor, Baham, and Buruwai Indigenous communities to secure control over their ancestral forest through legal support and recognition of their land rights.
Strengthening Indigenous People for Community Driven Natural Resources Management in Tanintharyi Region – Tenasserim River & Indigenous Peoples’ Network (TRIP NET)
The TRIP NET organizational mission is to engage Indigenous communities in the sustainable development of their communities through the creation of a strong community driven institution for natural resources through the empowerment of local people, particularly women, who are practicing sustainable systems of land and forest management.
Consolidating and Expanding Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plans and Advocacy Actions Against Land Grabbing in Palawan – The Group Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG)
While this project has been successful in its struggle against land grabbing in certain areas, it has witnessed expansion in others.
Considerable efforts have been invested in providing paralegal assistance and advocacy training, especially to the communities being impacted by oil palm plantations and other types of agri-businesses. However, it is difficult to sustain advocacy work at the grass-root level when the impacted communities are facing food deficiency and malnutrition, this component and helping other communities in demand have been added to this year’s plan of work.