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Friends of the Earth report links REDD and rights
Friends of the Earth International (FoE) will be releasing a new report that exposes some of the major governance challenges of an international carbon payment scheme, particularly the risks for forest-dependent communities. A global REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) payment mechanism will be one of the main topics during UNFCCC's 14th Conference of the Parties (CoP-14) conference in Poznan, Poland.
Today in The Guardian, FoE climate and energy coordinator Joseph Zacune said the report, "re-focuses us on the question, who do forests belong to? In the absence of secure land rights, indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities have no guarantees that they'll benefit from REDD."
The article cited RRI as another organization concerned about the consequences of a REDD scheme in a context of insecure forest tenure. Forest peoples with customary tenure over forest areas maybe be excluded from benefits unless states formally recognize their ownership.
For more information, check out
• FoE's program on climate and energy justice.
• Climate Change and Governance in the Forest Sector, a report from RRI and Intercooperation.
Posted By Luke Bailey at 8:49am on November 24, 2008
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