- 09/05/14: REDD+ versus indigenous people? Why a tribe in Panama rejected pay for their carbon-rich forests
- 07/11/14: World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs - NGOs
- 12/10/13: What has REDD done for land rights in the Congo Basin?
- 12/10/13: NIGERIAN: Wilmar International Announces Policy to Protect Forests and Communities.
- 12/08/13: WTO Protesters Denounce REDD Rice Reject carbon trading with food
Note from the NRAN: The No REDD in Africa Network is pleased that La Via Campesina's landmark case study on the N'hambita Project is cited in Friends of the Earth's report "The Great REDD Gamble".
In this brief report Friends of the Earth looks at three specific case studies, but there are already numerous examples of ‘REDD going wrong’. FOE eventually selected the N’hambita Pilot Project in Mozambique, the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP) in Indonesia, and the implementation of REDD+ in Peru, as three case studies that demonstrate a range of issues and problems relating to REDD.
The N’hambita project in Mozambique—quoted as a model project by the UN, and partly funded by the EU—is a clear example of a forest carbon/REDD project that has failed to deliver on most of its social, economic and environmental objectives. It has experienced severe methodological difficulties, including with respect to lack of baselines and poor accounting. Most of the farmers that have been contracted to grow trees do not understand that they (and their descendants should they die) have signed up to a 100-year obligation to look after the trees, even though payments will cease after just seven years. Indeed, when questioned many of them stated they may cut down all but their fruit trees after the seven years, and some even think that the timber is one of the intended benefits of the project. Families have also found it increasingly difficult to secure enough food because of the time spent tending saplings.
NOTE BY THE NRAN: The No REDD in Africa Network reminds the world that the World Bank project in the Cherangany Hills included REDD and that the forced relocation of the Sengwer People is indicative of the grave human rights violations, including threats to the cultural survival of Indigenous Peoples, that REDD projects can cause.
Thousands of homes belonging to hunter-gatherer Sengwer people living in the Embobut forest in the Cherangani hills were burned down earlier this year by Kenya forest service guards who had been ordered to clear the forest as part of a carbon offset project that aimed to reduce emissions from deforestation.
"It has something to do with the value of our forests to non-Kuna people,” said a young man to me recently, trying to explain REDD+. "I only know that I don’t agree with it.”
A majority of the indigenous Kuna reside on just under 40 of the 365 islands that comprise the San Blas Archipelago in eastern Panama, an area known as Kuna Yala, or 'land of the Kuna.' They depend on fishing, subsistence farming — including crops like banana, coconut and sugar cane — and eco-tourism for their livelihoods. On the mainland the Kuna also possess rights to a vast old-growth coastal forest, which they have managed sustainably and communally for hundreds of years.
2014 SADC Peoples Summit Declaration: "We reject externally driven false solutions to climate change such as REDD+"
The NO REDD in Africa! Network (NRAN) was at the 2014 SADC Peoples Summit in Bulawayo City, Zimbabwe. The summit final declaration brings strong demands to the Heads of States. The Rejection of the False Solutions to Climate Change, such as REDD+, is one of the demands.
The SADC Peoples called on SADC member states and Governments to: "Reject externally driven false solutions to climate change embedded in for example the existing REDD Plus, Green Revolution and Climate Smart Agriculture proposals".
The following is the Declaration...