A wolf in sheep’s clothing: REDD questioned in Cross River State, Nigeria

Cross RiverFrom 28 February to 2 March 2011, Green Concern for Development and Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria) organised a forum on Climate Change, REDD and Forest Dependent Community Rights in Cross River State, Nigeria. The forum allowed for a debate on different viewpoints on REDD – and allowed communities to respond to government officials.

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“Do you want your forest to be conserved?” Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Vietnam

In March 2009, the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board approved US$4.4 million for Viet Nam’s National UN-REDD Programme. UN-REDD chose two districts in Lam Dong, – Di Linh and Lam Ha – to pilot REDD+ in Vietnam. From January to June 2010, the programme carried out a process of Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the two districts. There are at least two versions of what actually took place.

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Can REDD save Prey Long forest in Cambodia?

“Forests under Threat,” was the title of a recent article in the Phnom Penh Post. It’s a good article, but the headline could have been this year’s entry for the Basil Fawlty Award for stating the bleeding obvious. Cambodia’s forests, what’s left of them after years of destructive logging (legal and illegal), industrial agrobusiness and mining concessions, are among the most threatened on the planet.

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Comments invited on Indonesia’s Draft National REDD+ Strategy

Comments invited on Indonesia's Draft National REDD+ Strategy

Over the past few weeks, a series of regional consultations have taken place on Indonesia’s National REDD+ Strategy. Meetings have taken place in Java, Lombok, Aceh, and Central Sulawesi. A meeting is currently taking place in Papua. A series of drafts of the National REDD+ Strategy have been made available in Indonesian and English. On 24 September 2010, Draft 1 Revised was released and comments can be made until 25 October 2010.

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Corruption allegations cloud the Indonesia-Norway billion dollar deal

Corruption allegations cloud the Indonesia-Norway billion dollar deal. PHOTO: Greenpeace

On 22 September 2010, at the UN General Assembly in New York, Norway and Indonesia plan to upgrade the billion dollar forest deal from a letter of intent to a legally binding agreement. On the same day that this was announced, Reuters reported that Wandojo Siswanto, one of the forestry officials who helped negotiate the Norway deal is a suspect in a multi-million dollar corruption case.

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“Our forest is not for sale!” NGO statement on REDD in Nigeria

On 18 August 2010, Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria, the country’s leading environment group) organised a meeting on REDD in Nigeria, together with the Rainforest Research Development and GREENCODE. The meeting produced a statement, signed by 18 NGOs. “Forests and REDD must be out of carbon markets,” is the first of a list of resolutions included in the statement.

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Shift2Neutral’s big REDD deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Australian carbon trading company Shift2Neutral aims to become “the leading neutraliser of carbon emissions in the world”. The company appeared to come closer realising its aim this week when Reuters reported that Shift2Neutral “signed a deal aimed at protecting tropical forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as boosting renewable energy there”.

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