COP 19 statement signed by NO REDD in AFRICA Network (NRAN) among 155 signatories

COP 19 Climate Capture: Stop the corporate takeover and expansion of carbon markets now!

For almost 20 years, multilateral climate policies have served to create profitable financial schemes that maintain fossil fuel dependent systems that are responsible for the climate crisis. November 11-22 in Warsaw, Poland, the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be no exception. The EU's agenda for the COP19 will be both to scale-up carbon trading mechanisms and find other ways of sustaining an industrial and financial system dependent on coal, oil and gas, which is facing a crisis of multiple dimensions. 

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Media release of La Vía Campesina | GRAIN | ETC Group

7 November 2013. Farmers produce food, not carbon. Yet, if some of the governments and corporate lobbies negotiating at the UN climate change conference to be held in Warsaw from 11-22 November have their way, farmland could soon be considered as a carbon sink that polluting corporations can buy into to compensate for their harmful emissions.

“We are directly opposed to the carbon market approach to dealing with the climate crisis,” says Josie Riffaud of La Vía Campesina. “Turning our farmers' fields into carbon sinks – the rights to which can be sold on the carbon market – will only lead us further away from what we see as the real solution: food sovereignty. The carbon in our farms is not for sale!”

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We, members of communities affected by industrial monoculture oil palm plantations, including peasant movements, as well as other civil society organizations from Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia, and signatories to this declaration, met from 2 –5 November 2013 in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria,

Having:

- Shared testimonies and analyses related to the living conditions of rural communities affected by industrial oil palm monocultures;
- Shared experiences on monoculture oil palm and other types of monocultures implemented in all countries present at the meeting;
- Analyzed the consequences of the rapid and brutal expansion of monocultures promoted by multinational companies in different communities and countries;
- Analyzed the strategies and mechanisms for land grabbing and the invasion of multinational companies into different communities;

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The NO REDD in Africa Network gathered here in Maputo Mozambique, on 26 August 2013 during the occasion of an international workshop on REDD with participants from Mozambique, other African countries, North America and South America deliberated on the implications of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) for Africa and by extension the global South.

We recognise the decision of the Tunisia meeting in March 2013 that decided on the need for a No REDD Platform to educate and inform communities and governments of the developing countries about the negative impacts of REDD in all its forms.

We acknowledge the fact that African governments have been ambushed with offers and promises of development financing flowing through REDD and adopted this without applying critical minds and making the necessary consultations.

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(From Cancun)

Declaration from the False Solutions Group

The participating organizations from Latin America, Africa and Asia, strongly reject the false solutions to climate change and particulary the so-called REDD, REDD+, REDD++ mechanisms that are intended to be imposed at the Cancun Conference because they represent a deepening of the ecological, climate, social, and economic debt due to the peoples of the global South and a step further in the privatization of nature and the expoliation of both the territories and historical rights of our peoples.

The REDD mechanisms (Reduction of Emisions by Deforestation and Degradation of forests) and its versions + and ++ violate the self-determination of our peoples, our rights, culture and traditions.

The REDD mechanisms are interested in occupying indigenous territories, where most of the land is commonly onwed. REDD also intends to occupy peasant’s lands, in order to implement tree-plantation projects and agrobusiness.

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