REDD-Monitor aims to facilitate discussion about the concept of reducing deforestation and forest degradation as a way of addressing climate change. REDD-Monitor is run by Chris Lang (contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org). The views expressed on REDD-Monitor do not necessarily reflect the formal positions of any organisations or individuals, except when this is clearly stated.
Every Monday, “REDD in the News” provides a round-up of the week’s news on REDD, keeping you up-to-date on the latest developments. During the week, REDD-Monitor provides opinions and analysis of the latest developments in the world of REDD. REDD-Monitor also carries out longer interviews with REDD actors.
The website was set up as a response to discussions between various environmental and social organisations and movements in the North and South. The target audience is anyone involved in REDD discussions – while it is unlikely that you’ll agree with everything written here, REDD-Monitor looks forward to your contributions to the discussions.
The climate is changing as a result of greenhouse gases emissions – largely caused by burning fossil fuels. If we are to stand a chance of preventing runaway climate change we need to stop burning fossil fuels. We also need to protect forests, but trading REDD carbon credits would allow continued burning of fossil fuels, thus locking in polluting technology and postponing meaningful action. The danger of the forests going up in smoke with a rapidly changing climate are real.
REDD-Monitor’s comments policy is available here.
Most of the work I do on REDD-Monitor is voluntary. Some funding comes from social and environmental NGOs, mainly working on forest issues, including the following: FERN, Rainforest Foundation Norway, Rainforest Foundation UK, Global Witness, The Corner House and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Regenwald und Artenschutz. None of these NGOs has any editorial control over what’s written on REDD-Monitor and what’s written on REDD-Monitor does not necessarily reflect their positions on REDD. Neither are any of these organisations in any way responsible for anything written on REDD-Monitor.
REDD-Monitor has been funded with support from the European Commission (indirectly). REDD-Monitor reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
In 2011-2012, REDD-Monitor worked on a project funded by ICCO (Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation). The project consists of a series of interviews with REDD actors in Indonesia. Links to the interviews are posted here: “REDD actors in Indonesia: Ten interviews”.
In December 2012, I travelled to Aceh province in Indonesia to investigate the current status of the Ulu Masen REDD project. Funding for this trip came from the Samdhana Institute and World Rainforest Movement. The results of the trip are posted here.
REDD-Monitor also receives a (so far) very small amount of money through flattr. To support REDD-Monitor, please read the “donate to REDD-Monitor” page, (which includes an explanation of how flattr works).
From time to time, REDD-Monitor posts anonymous articles. As of August 2011, out of a total of 510 posts on REDD-Monitor, five post are anonymous. These articles were sent to REDD-Monitor with the request that they be posted anonymously. Often these posts generate a discussion about the anonymity of the person writing the post. Which is a pity, because the decision to publish the post was taken in order to encourage discussion about the issues raised in the post. If you have a post that you would like to be published anonymously on REDD-Monitor, please send it to email@example.com. If it’s any good, REDD-Monitor will post it, but that decision rests with me.
Anonymous comments are also allowed on REDD-Monitor (as long as they comply with REDD-Monitor’s comments policy).