Simply because:

We see REDD as a Driver of the Continent Grab
In Africa, REDD+, carbon credits, agrofuels and export crops, are driving huge land grabs. Furthermore, since REDD+ now includes plantations and agriculture, already existing plantations, agrofuels and export crops could soon become carbon offset projects as well. Experts are warning that three-quarters of Africa’s population and two-thirds of its land are at risk and that REDD+ may create “generations of landless people.” In Africa, REDD+ is emerging as a new form of colonialism, economic subjugation and a driver of land grabs so massive that they may constitute a continent grab.

REDD is a New Form of Colonialism?
It is worth noting that there are several nuances that distinguish this new form of colonialism from classic colonialism. For example, foreign investors are not all from Europe or the United States, but also hail from the Global South, in particular, from Brazil. In addition, foreign investors are not acting on their own and political and economic elites are facilitating the expropriation of peasant lands and indirectly engendering hundreds of land conflicts. Furthermore, while land is till the issue supreme, the principal export commodity of this new form of colonialism is novel: air.


According Timberwatch, “The danger [REDD] presents to Africa is enormous. If REDD-style schemes are allowed to be imposed on African forestland, fields and grasslands, it could mean the economic subjugation of the entire continent. Without absolute guarantees that human and sovereign rights of African peoples will be fully respected and protected, which is unlikely to be the case, REDD and CDM schemes will probably be no more than a form of re-colonisation, and the final drive to commodify the remaining spaces of Africa left in indigenous hands after the first round of formal colonialism.

What is REDD?

REDD+,  like carbon trading and the Clean Development Mechanism, is a false solution to climate change promoted by the United Nations, the World Bank and climate criminals such as Shell and Rio Tinto, which allows polluters to continue to burn fossil fuels and not reduce their emissions at source. Officially, REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. But, REDD+ really means Reaping profits from Evictions, land grabs, Deforestation and Destruction of biodiversity. REDD+ constitutes a worldwide land grab and gigantesque carbon offset scam.

Originally, REDD just included forests and plantations, but its scope has been expanded to include genetically modified trees, soils and agriculture. Ultimately, REDD+ may try to include and expropriate the entire surface of the Earth including most of the forests, soils, fields, grasslands, deserts, wetlands, mangroves, marine algae and oceans to use them as sponges for industrialized countries’ pollution.  REDD+ is also the pillar of the Green Economy and has been blasphemously heralded as “the spiritual core” of the “business plan” that the governments of the world are writing for the planet

REDD is causing Land Grabs, human Rights Violations and Environmental Destruction.

The "Dozen of the Worst REDD-type Projects" affecting Indigenous Peoples and local communities shows that REDD-like initiatives are greenwash for extractive industries and are already causing land grabs, human rights violations and environmental destruction as following sampling of REDD-type projects in Africa shows.


This website aims to publish information on REDD and REDD type projects in Africa as well as promote serious discussion on the issues related to REDD and Carbon market with focus in Africa. The website is run by the NO REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) a collective of African Organizations and individuals that oppose REDD and see it as false solution to Climate Change.

Not all posts on this website are authored by the NRAN. We also account on the collaboration of other sites, like, to give an example. So, the views expressed here don´t necessarily reflect the positions of all organizations or individuals that are part of the network.