AND PROTECTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS
Public Forum on Sustainable Palm Oil
6 January 2005, Kuala Lumpur
Summary of presentation by
Center for Orang Asli Concerns
Peoples and numbers
Land and indigenous peoples
Repeatedly, these encroachments and appropriations often result in conflicts between the indigenous peoples and the outsiders. Some of these conflicts have led to violent deaths on both sides, especially in Sarawak.
The new threat: oil palm plantation businesses
BIG versus small
Criteria 4.1 and 4.2 apparently recognises this contradiction and makes “recovering biodiversity” its goal rather than maintaining or sustaining biodiversity in the first place.
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