Guest Post: REDD and the green economy

Guest Post: REDD and the green economy

With the Rio +20 shindig starting this week, we can expect to be swamped with news articles telling us how wonderful the green economy is going to be. Politicians, oil companies, mining companies, logging companies, plantation companies, financiers, UN agencies and Big International NGOs tell us that the green economy will save the planet.

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Guest Post: Indonesia’s moratorium map fails to include data on settlements and smallholder farms

Guest Post: Indonesia's moratorium map fails to include data on settlements and smallholder farms

Since 2009, villagers on Pulau Padang, an island off the east coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, have been protesting against pulp and paper company APRIL’s proposed 41,205 hectare pulpwood plantation on their island. In November 2011, in a dramatic protest aimed at illustrating how APRIL and the authorities were ignoring them, 28 of them stitched their mouths shut.

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Guest Post: “Slash and burn”, biochar and REDD in DR Congo and Cameroon

The claims made on behalf of burying charcoal, otherwise known as “biochar”, are extraordinary. According to the International Biochar Initiative, it will “fight global warming”, it will “boost food security”, and it will “discourage deforestation”. Meanwhile, it is “inexpensive, widely applicable, and quickly scalable”.

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