REDD and forest-dependent communities
A group of 40 NGOs has issued a statement critical of the Oslo-Paris REDD negotiating process, which is aiming to bring up to $6 billion for REDD activities during the 2010-2012 period. Their statement is reproduced below.
A new study, based on a collaboration among forest scientists from 13 universities and other institutions, provides a useful overview of the importance of 'indigenous lands' and other protected areas (ILPAs) for achieving REDD. The report, titled "Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas and Slowing Climate Change", was published online yesterday in PLoS Biology.
A new report focuses on the political ecology of forest resource management and control. "The End of the Hinterland: Forests, Conflict and Climate Change", produced by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), highlights the fact that forests have long been seen as a 'hinterland', i.e., as remote, “backward” areas largely controlled by external actors and valued by these actors primarily as a source of low-cost natural resources. The report argues that 2009 marked the beginning of the end of this era, as the value of forest lands for production of food, fuel, fiber and now carbon, increases. It takes stock of the current status of forest rights and tenure globally, assesses the key issues and trends of 2009 and identifies key questions and challenges for 2010. These include questions such as:
- Who will drive the new agenda and who will make the decisions?
- Will forest areas remain controlled from beyond?
- On whose terms will the hinterland be integrated into global markets and politics?