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.
The Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change, a group of civil society and Indigenous Peoples organisations, has released the following statement. The statement sets out 10 principles and an approach to financing that Accra Caucus considers to be crucial for the REDD negotiations and subsequent agreements.
A press statement issued today by the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) is criticial of the way negotiations on REDD are progressing in Poznan. “The issue of REDD remains problematic for Indigenous Peoples,” IIPFCC states.
At its meeting today, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice discussed REDD. During the meeting, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) made an intervention.
A new report from Belgium and UK-based NGOs FERN and the Forest Peoples Programme casts a heavy new shadow over the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Based on a assessment of nine FCPF ‘Readiness Plan Idea Notes’, the groups conclude that the Bank has been cutting corners, failing to consult properly, and has ignored its own internal safeguard policies.
The latest issue of Down to Earth‘s newsletter includes a detailed overview of REDD in Indonesia. The danger, Down to Earth points out, is that in the rush to get REDD pilot schemes up and running before the Copenhagen climate summit in December 2009, important issues such as land and resource rights in forests are sidestepped.
In the run up to the UN’s climate change conference in Poznan next week, Friends of the Earth International will publish a report looking at some of the possible implications of REDD. In the report, FoEI will argue that the plans for REDD are open to abuse by corrupt politicians or even illegal logging companies.
In October 2008, groups in Paraguay learned that the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility had approved the Government of Paraguay’s Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN). This is the document that government must submit to the Bank in order to receive funds from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The Bank approved the Paraguayan R-PIN despite the fact that there had been no consultation with Indigenous Organisations in Paraguay about the plan.
At the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, indigenous leaders from seven countries demanded more say in how tropical forests should be managed to fight climate change. The meeting included calls for free, prior and informed consent to be recognised.