The Forest Peoples Programme and Indonesian partner organisations co-hosted an international workshop on deforestation and forest peoples’ rights that resulted in the Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples.
The week-long event and Declaration represent important steps in indigenous and forest peoples’ assertion of their rights and their central place in global, national and local efforts to tackle the continuing crisis of deforestation.
In the face of intensifying forest loss and growing harm affecting forest communities, more than 60 representatives of forest peoples from nine countries came together in March 2014 for an international workshop in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, to evaluate the impacts of deforestation on their communities and to assess local, national and global trends in deforestation and efforts to address the forest crisis.
At the close of the workshop, participants issued a call to action in the Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples. The Declaration sets out key measures and reforms needed to tackle forest loss and uphold forest peoples’ rights.