The International Institute for Environment and Development published an important new report last week, “Tenure in REDD: Start-Point or Afterthought?”. Written by Lorenzo Cotula and James Mayers, it is a welcome addition to the discussion on REDD.
In three short paragraphs, Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International illustrates the dangers of REDD to Indigenous Peoples. His letter, published today in the Boston Globe was in response to an article by Mark Dowie adapted from his book “Conservation Refugees: The Hundred Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native People.”
From 20-24 April 2009, almost 400 Indigenous representatives met in Anchorage, Alaska for the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change. After four days of meetings, they produced “The Anchorage Declaration”, which was agreed by consensus of the participants.
Eastern Highlands Governor, Malcolm Kela-Smith, states that Papua New Guinea’s Office of Climate Change and Carbon Trading (OCCCT) “is illegal and established without due regard for existing mandates”, according to an article in The National on 15 February 2009. Kela-Smith warned landowners and provincial governments not to enter into any deals solicited by the OCCCT.
On 10 December 2008, the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change attempted to read out the following statement at the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice’s final session in Poznan. The chair closed the meeting before the statement could be read out.
The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) held its final session for COP14 yesterday. Three interventions were prepared: from the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change; the International Youth Delegation; and the Global Forest Coalition.
On 9 December 2008, the day before international human rights day, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand removed all references to the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities from the UN technical discussions on REDD (taking place in the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, SBSTA).
The negotiations on REDD are heating up. After a week of mind-numbingly slow progress on REDD, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are now opposing the inclusion of references to the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the COP14 decision text on REDD.
We have received the following position statement from the Consortium for the support of Community Based Forest Management, which sets out some key concerns and demands concerning the development of REDD in Indonesia.