On 30 June 2010, a range of civil society organisations and indigenous peoples met in Yaounde to discuss a series of consultations on potential REDD projects that have been taking place in southern Cameroon. A press release from Forest Peoples Programme highlights the key concerns raised by the Baka, Bagyeli and Bakola forest communites. The press release is also available in French, below.

The questions and concerns will be familiar to anyone following discussions about REDD. Will REDD in its current form address climate change? Will REDD secure the rights of forest peoples? Will local communities benefit from REDD? Is REDD simply a way of allowing industrialised countries to continue polluting while allowing industrial loggers, plantation companies and conservation organisations to take more control over the forests?

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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.

Like a football match, this is a report of two halves. In the first half, the authors discuss the issues surrounding tenure of land and trees in the context of REDD: “the systems of rights, rules, institutions and processes regulating their access and use”.

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