As nations worldwide “take stock” of climate commitments laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement, two new reports analyzing United Nations (UN) and other international efforts to protect forests and mitigate poverty will reveal that multi-million-dollar projects already underway are imperiling the lives and lands of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and rural women, who  have been shown to outperform both public and private managers of tropical forests worldwide.



  • Mai-Ndombe: Will the REDD+ laboratory benefit Indigenous Peoples and local communities? | English | French
  • Uncertainty and Opportunity: The Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Governance Frameworks in Over Half of the World’s Tropical Forests | English only


To arrange interviews with the speakers at the briefing, or for more information, please contact:

Coimbra Sirica, [email protected]; tel: +1 301 943 3287 (EST)

Susan Tonassi, [email protected]; tel: +49 160 9327 9327 (CET)


  • Chouchouna Losale, Vice-Coordinator, Coalition of Women for the Environment and Sustainable Development, DRC
  • Samuel Nguiffo, President, Center for Environment and Development, Cameroon
  • Marine Gauthier, Report Author
  • Andy White, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative
  • Alain Frechette, Researcher, Director, Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement, Rights and Resources Initiative

Download speaker bios here.



RRI will host an informal breakfast briefing to launch two new reports focused on the potential impact of UN and other international forest protection efforts on Indigenous Peoples and local communities. To RSVP or for more information, contact Coimbra Sirica or Susan Tonassi.

Les Bains Paris
7 Rue du Bourg-l’Abbé
75003 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 77 07 07

March 14 at 9:30 a.m. CET