Programme

Currently the strategy is implemented with the following activities;

  • Policy dialogue on sustainability criteria for biofuels

Increased demand for biofuels has also led to increased pressure on lands and territories of indigenous peoples, including land grab, in violation of their right to free, prior and informed consent. NCIV is currently working on a dialogue with the EU the Dutch government to safeguard the rights of indigenous peoples in sustainability criteria and any bi-lateral agreements about biofuels. Read more>>

  • Policy dialogue on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

REDD is a financial mechanism to pay countries who can prove that they reduce their deforestation rate, in order to reduces carbon emissions worldwide. This can be an opportunity for indigenous peoples that live in these forest to prevent it from being cut down, but it can also be a an incentive for governments to claim ownership of forests on land and territories of indigenous peoples in order to claim the payments for the forest services. This is why NCIV is also actively advocating safeguards for the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to the proposed REDD mechanism. Read more>>

  • Policy dialogue on achieving sustainable livelihoods (MDG 7) for indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples are lagging behind in the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). NCIV is currently working on a policy dialogue in The Netherlands on achieving sustainable livelihoods (MDG 7) for indigenous peoples.  The main objectives of this project are to identify areas for policy review and explore opportunities for new partnerships for development between Dutch actors (government, NGOs and private sector) and indigenous peoples. Read more>>

  • Impact of the Dutch economy on Indigenous Peoples

In recent decades, indigenous peoples have faced the increasing negative impacts of economic globalization on their natural environment and their well being. In 2009 NCIV started a research on the impact of the Dutch economy on indigenous peoples. In de first phase of the project we identified the most relevant sectors and countries. These are the imports of timber and palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia and soy from Brazil. In the second phase of this project NCIV will do more in depth field research and finally, NCIV intends to have an informed policy dialogue with the private sector, policy makers and civil society. Read more>>

  • Lobby activities to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples within the criteria for sustainable timber that accesses the Dutch market

Worldwide many indigenous peoples depend on the forests for their livelihoods. However, many legal and illegal logging takes place which threatens their livelihood. Therefore NCIV, together with other NGOs and parts of the business sector in The Netherlands, lobbies to make the timber market sustainable. The Netherlands is one of the world´s largest importers of tropical timber. Read more>>

  • NCIV as knowledge broker and facilitator

Due to it’s more than 40 years of active involvement in advocating the rights of indigenous peoples world-wide, NCIV is now connected to a global network of indigenous peoples’ organisations,  NGOs and other relevant organizations, institutions, bodies and fora, as well as academic institutions and individual experts. Read more>>

  • Participation in academic research proposals

NCIV is currently participating in two academic research proposals. Both are related to the CoCooN (Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries) research programme. Read more>>

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.