The initiative is an example of how guided by fsc

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The initiative is an example of how, guided by FSC principles, indigenous peoples, the State, local NGOs, academics and private enterprise have worked together to formalize the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights and at the same time establish a meaningful consultative process with regards to forest management. The project is replicable in other countries within the Congo Basin region to develop dialogue among stakeholders, including communities over forest planning and control, and increase forest monitoring capacity in protecting indigenous communities and their resources from exploitation. The initiative ensures participation of men and women and all key groups from the start. The practice is being replicated in Cameroon where an additional benefit has been the use of maps by the government to monitor observance of logging concession boundaries. Urban Poor Linkage (UPLINK) Indonesia, initiated in July 2002, is a coalition of grassroots/community based organizations and NGOs focusing on urban poverty and impoverishment issues. Uplink envisions a city where social, economic and cultural diversities are positive resources and strength for a socially just and democratic city, as well as where the urban poor are strongly organized and independent, and are able to develop a pro-poor counter system. Uplink works to empower the urban poor by implementing three main strategies: 1) People’s organization through a women’s savings scheme, children’s creativity program, waste management, traditional/alternative health and medication system, clean and healthy settlements and environment, and community radio; 2) Advocacy - influence and change of anti-poor government policies and practices on the issue of
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land and housing rights of the poor, eviction, pro-poor city budget, and foreign debt. Advocacy is carried out through negotiation, mass pressure and providing alternative solutions; and 3) Networking – involves developing support and solidarity from social groups such as the mass media, professionals, academia, and actors for the urban poor. There are two type of networking i.e. horizontal and vertical networking which is conducted through meetings, exchange visits where people learn directly from each other, and joint work; close and intensive collaboration with professionals in providing for alternative solutions to city issues in inter-community and city levels, as well as national, regional and international levels. Currently Uplink works in 13 major cities in Indonesia, namely: Banda Aceh, Medan, Palembang, Lampung, Jakarta, Tasikmalaya, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Pontianak, Makassar, Palu, Kendari and Manado. The main purpose of the project is the reconstruction of Aceh community life following the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami through provision of 3,331 homes, reconstruction of houses and infrastructure; economic renewal; reinforcement of social relations and cultural cohesion; and environmental regeneration. The target
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