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6 October 2009 - REDD takes a turn for the worse      


Climate agreement intended to protect forests will end up paying loggers to destroy them

6 October 2009                                                                                                                                                                                  

Bangkok ­– On the weekend, the UNFCCC released new consolidated text for REDD, the part of the treaty intended to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. With only two weeks of negotiations left before Copenhagen, this text will profoundly influence the shape of the final agreement, determining whether or not we will actually succeed in reducing the 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions that result from the continuing destruction of the world’s tropical forests and peatlands.
The following are statements from members of the Ecosystems Climate Alliance
“The REDD process is at risk of doing precisely what it was created not to do,” said Nicola Beynon of Humane Society International. “It’s in danger of turning into the biggest subsidy ever for the logging industry and putting us on the road to forest destruction.”
“The text released today contains no explicit wording to protect intact natural forests,” said Peg Putt, of the Wilderness Society. “People around the world are expecting REDD monies to protect tropical forests, not destroy them; and to reduce emissions, not increase them.”
“To restore the original intent of REDD, parties must add a clear definition of forests that does not allow for the conversion of rainforests and peatlands to plantations,” said Bill Barclay of Rainforest Action Network. “We have to get REDD right if Copenhagen is going to succeed in reducing global emissions. This language fails that test.”
“There’s no wording assuring Indigenous rights,” said Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway. “Rather, the proposals here undermine all the battles of Indigenous peoples for the respect of their rights and threaten all the rights guaranteed to them under existing international agreements.”

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