- 12/12/15: COP21: What’s happened so far? (REDD Monitor)
- 12/12/15: COP21 Paris snapshot #2: No REDD!
- 11/18/15: Double-counting: What if both Brazil and California want Acre’s REDD credits?
- 11/18/15: La REDD+ et sa finance carbone ne résoudront pas la crise climatique
- 11/18/15: REDD and carbon trading will not resolve the climate crisis
by Nafeez Ahmed, first published on Motherboard
Carbon trading—one of the biggest weapons touted by governments and business in the global fight against climate change—could end up killing the planet. In Africa, human rights campaigners say, it is already killing people.
Since the launch of a World Bank sponsored conservation programme in west Kenya eights years ago, the Bank-funded Kenya Forest Service (FKS) has conducted a relentless scorched earth campaign to evict the 15,000 strong indigenous Sengwer community from their ancestral homes in the Embobut forest and the Cherangany Hills. The pretext? The Sengwer are ‘squatters’ accelerating the degradation of the forest.
This October, with violence escalating, pressure from campaigners finally elicited a public response from World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who promised to help facilitate “a lasting, peaceful resolution to this long, unfinished business of land rights in Kenya.”
By Dean Puckett - First published on redd-monitor
When Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, visited Kenya earlier this month, he reportedly urged the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to sort out Kenya’s historical land injustices once and for all, specifically mentioning the plight of the “Sengwer of Cherangani Hills.” But despite the World Bank having ‘a word’ with its ‘client’, the plight of the Sengwer of Embobut forest has worsened dramatically. An indigenous community is being evicted from their ancestral land in the name of conservation.
I am currently filming a documentary about the Sengwer. As I write this I am sitting in a small town on the edge of Embobut forest. On Sunday 23rd November, I was heading up into Embobut from a settlement called Tangul which sits on the edge of the contested forest area.
COP20, Lima, December 2014 - On the occasion of the UN climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru - known as COP20 - we warn that rejecting REDD+ and 'environmental services', under the 'green economy' umbrella, is a central part of our struggle against capitalism and extractive industries and in the defense of territories, life and Mother Earth.
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.