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Study on impacts of the Dutch economy on indigenous peoples NCIV has published a report on impacts of the Dutch economy focusing on the import of timber and palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia and soy from Brazil. NCIV aims to start a dialogue with Dutch companies on improving the situation for indigenous peoples. In this way, NCIV wants to explore opportunities to ensure that economic activities are no longer developed without the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples.
Indigenous peoples For a general understanding, indigenous peoples can be described as the descendants of the earliest inhabitants of a territory, who are now subjected by another, dominant culture. They aspire to determine their own lives and futures on their ancestral territories, based on their own cultural traditions, beliefs and customs as they develop.

Project Improving impact of biomass production

Improving the social-economic impact of biomass production

NCIV implemented a project in cooperation with the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Oxfam Novib and CREM on improving the social-economic impact of biomass production for indigenous peoples and local communities. This project was focusing on palm oil production in West and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

This project, implemented since July 2010, and financed by Oxfam Novib and the Global Sustainable Biomass Programme of NL Agency aimed to increase the capacity of indigenous peoples to uphold their rights in relation to palm oil production and to increase their benefits as small-scale producers of palm oil. It also aimed to develop verifiable indicators and guidance for implementing and monitoring social criteria for sustainable biomass production in cooperation with indigenous peoples in West- and Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. The Dutch NTA8080 certification system for sustainable biomass was selected by NL Agency as the normative reference standard for this project.

Activities of this project included:

The summary report of this project was presented in a multi-stakeholder workshop on 27 June 2013 in Utrecht (see summary project report and report of the workshop). Finally, a public final report was produced, summarizing the main results and lessons learned.

The dialogue with stakeholders and the survey were conducted in cooperation with the project Working towards sustainable biomass production in Mato Grosso, Brazil, which is implemented by Oxfam Novib, in cooperation with NCIV, CREM and FORMAD, a local partner in Brazil. For more information about this project see this link. These projects were funded by NL Agency under their Sustainable Biomass Programme.


About NCIV

Since 1969, NCIV is an NGO that supports the promotion, recognition and protection of indigenous peoples' rights. NCIV brings the issues and views of indigenous peoples to the attention of the Dutch government, civil society, business and science and works to encourage them to make a positive contribution to improving the situation of indigenous peoples at national and international levels.


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