12 November 2009
REDD is one of the key issues under discussion at the UN Climate negotiations in Bangkok. NGOs have put out a series of new reports hoping to influence the way the discussions go. A new briefing from Global Witness, reveals why the forestry term, ’sustainable forest management’ could spell disaster for the future of the world’s forests. The Ecosystems Climate Alliance has produced a Forest Pledge, calling for countries “to support the protection of intact natural forests as a core mechanism of the treaty”. And the Indigenous Environmental Network released a report strongly rejecting REDD.
“Sustainable forest management is industry-speak for logging,” says Sean Cadman, of the Wilderness Society, reported in the Bangkok Post. The Ecosystems Climate Alliance has put forward a list of areas that must be strengthened in the negotiations, if REDD is to have any hope of succeeding.