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Is all of the criticism REDD receives justified?

'Gold' standard for REDD forest conservation project in Colombia's Choco’

"As families returned to their traditional lands after nearly a decade of displacement, the prospect of new conflict between armed land grabbers and communities loomed."

More… Feb 17, 2012

WWF fears backlash on Rufiji Delta mangrove forest initiative

"WWF has never advocated the eviction of communities from the delta. The recent evictions were carried out by government agencies,”

“At the centre of our critique of the REDD-readiness programme is the framing of the environmental problem in project documents in which the Warufiji are depicted by foresters, environmentalists, and donors as poor stewards of the mangrove forests,....”

More… Nov 18, 2011

Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest

Caura Futures is trying to change this by taking a non-conventional approach to conservation.

Unlike adjacent parts of the Amazon where the chief dangers to the forest ecosystem are conversion to industrial agriculture and cattle pasture, infrastructure projects, and fire, one of the most immediate threats to the Caura Basin is more subtle: cultural loss among the people who have traditionally served as its protector.

More… Nov 16, 2011

A very different kind of Walt Disney production

"The survival of the forests and the communities who depend on them in the DRC cannot be allowed to become hostage to the sale of carbon credits under the logic of REDD."

"It is simply unacceptable for local communities.......to be forced to endure even more suffering, in order to allow a U.S. corporation to continue polluting the atmosphere while boosting its image as a protector of the forests through a relatively minor investment."

More… Oct 05, 2011

Tenure and Indigenous Peoples

The Importance Of Self-Determination, Territory, And Rights To Land And Other Natural Resources Property

In Africa, state-led conservation has a history of violating due process rights of local occupants, forced resettlements, destruction of property and farms, and even torture and extrajudicial killings. Estimates have placed the global number of conservation refugees at 130 million

More… Aug 20, 2011

Could land reform succeed where conservation has failed?

By depriving communities of recognition that they are the lawful owners of forested and rangeland resources, the law removes their greatest incentive to use these assets in sustainable ways

Successfully conserving forests requires a remedy that is both much more straightforward and far more radical.

More… Jul 24, 2011

The International Conference on Global Land Grabbing

Held in Brighton, UK on the 6-8th April 2011

This conference brought together an impressive array of analysis and experiences of land being lost to institutional economic pressures. A good number of the cases presented are linked to conservation – summaries of some examples below.

More… May 02, 2011

Seeking New Paths to Conservation

Draft background paper - Seeking New Paths to Conservation Workshop, "SHARING POWER" Conference (January 2011)

This paper is intended to provoke discussion and generate better, shared understanding of the problems, the opportunities, and the options for nurturing concrete actions toward more socially-just and ecologically-sustainable conservation and development in significantly-large, geographically-defined places. The aim is to brainstorm ways to re-vision conservation as an integrated principle of "development", not conservation as set-asides nor partnerships with development plans and agents responsible for environmental damages and human rights violations. Please send comments, corrections, suggestions and additional information to janisalcorn@yahoo.com DRAFT 10 DECEMBER 2010

More… Dec 11, 2010