Dan Nepstad is Director of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). For decades he has studied land use, forest, fire and climate, focussing on the Amazon. He is dedicated to saving the Amazon rainforest. So why on earth is he accusing Greenpeace of threatening climate change mitigation and tropical forests?
This week, in parallel to the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force that is meeting in Chiapas, Mexico, REDDelion-CHIAPAS is hosting a people’s forum against REDD.
Next week, the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force will meet in Chiapas, Mexico. Ahead of the meeting, Vía Campesina has written a piece declaring its opposition to REDD in the Lacandón jungle in Chiapas.
Last year, emissions of carbon dioxide increased by 3.2% to 31.6 billion tonnes, according to figures released by the International Energy Agency. Fatih Birol, IEA’s chief economist told Reuters that, “[T]he trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (towards the end of this century), which would have devastating consequences for the planet.”
Two views of California’s new cap and trade programme, both looking at problematic forestry offsets. The first looks into carbon offsets from forestry operations in California. The second looks at the impact of REDD-type projects in Chiapas, Mexico.
A new video by the Global Forest Coalition and the Global Justice Ecology Project is deeply critical of REDD. Much of the criticism focusses on carbon trading, but through interviews with communities in Chiapas, Mexico, the video illustrates the perverse impacts that REDD can have on the ground.
The fifth Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Taskforce takes place this week in Central Kalimantan. The organisers anticipated that more than 200 people would take part in the three day meetings. The GCF is a carbon trading REDD deal between 15 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and the USA covering more than 20% of the world’s forests.
The Global Justice Ecology Project’s Jeff Conant and Orin Langelle visited the community of Amador Hernandez in Chiapas, Mexico in March 2011. They were there to investigate the relationship between the threatened forced relocation of the community to REDD proposals.
The village of Amador Hernández is in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico. Since last year, the community has been denied medical supplies and the government has suspended emergency transport of seriously ill people from the area. Villagers are concerned that the suspension of medical services is precursor to eviction under a REDD plan that is currently starting up.
The Governator is back. “Action is needed now, and action is what we’re taking with R20,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger at a meeting this week at the University of California, Davis. But there may be less to it than meets the eye. China did not sign on. The Guardian reports that a Dutch official, who did sign on, said he thought it was just another empty promise.