“REDD is a risky and false solution to climate change, both in theory and in practice,” argues a new report by Friends of the Earth International. “Now it is time to ditch risky REDD for known community approaches that are effective, ethical and equitable.”
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The German newspaper taz.de, recently reported on the demise of Australia’s Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership. Journalist Anett Keller visited the KFCP project area in 2011. “This is money thrown out of the window,” a villager told her back then.
“In order to be both effective and equitable, REDD+ will require large areas of land with clear tenure arrangements. Yet many developing countries suffer from conflicts over land ownership and continue to exclude local communities from land use decisions. How will REDD+ impact peace and security in these countries?”
Down to Earth has translated ten of REDD-Monitor’s interviews into bahasa Indonesia. The interviews were carried out last year with REDD actors in Indonesia. Below is the translated overview page with links to the interviews in bahasa on Down to Earth’s website.
A new briefing note from Forest Peoples Programme and Yayasan Pusaka documents how the Kalimantan Forest Carbon Partnership project has failed to implement the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for local communities.
Recently an Evaluation Team spent two days looking at Australia’s Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership project. Local communities from the project area and Indonesian NGOs wrote to the Governor of Central Kalimantan Teras Narang pointing out the inadequacies of the Evaluation and the ongoing problems with the project.
Central Kalimantan is the REDD Pilot Province under the Indonesia-Norway US$1 billion REDD deal. Here, if anywhere, we should see the evidence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s recent statement that “Indonesia has reversed course by committing to sustainable forestry.” Unfortunately, the evidence points to business as usual.
When it was launched in 2007, Australia’s Kalimantan Forest Carbon Partnership was going to be “practical climate change action that could deliver immediate and tangible benefits”. But five years later, the project has little more to show for the A$30 million spent than 50,000 tree seedlings planted.* That’s 0.05% of the target of 100 million trees.