Rhetoric or Action in Global Effort to Protect Forest Communities?

30 October 2013

“Although this number has been increasing over time, it remains small and does not truly show commitment from REDD+ project and national implementers to fully involve local communities in this forest-management strategy,” said the study.

Rosalind Reeve, senior fellow at the Ateneo School of Government in Manila – a member of the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG), a North-South coalition of civil society and indigenous people’s organizations – told IRIN, “We’re not surprised that there’s a gap between the international rhetoric and reality on the ground.

“The UNFCCC has failed to translate the commitment made in [the 2010 UNFCCC meeting in] Cancun for full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities into practical recommendations. So in the guidance developed so far, there’s no mention of involving communities in monitoring either carbon or safeguards, or even recommending a participatory approach to developing systems.”

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