The "Governors' Climate and Forest task force" (GCF) - initiated by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - is meeting in Chiapas State, Mexico to discuss the future of forests.
The GCF is working with a political program called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) - something that has direct implications for indigenous peoples and communities' rights. We are releasing a new report Outsourcing Hot Air, which highlights the escalation of social conflict in forest regions participating in offset schemes and argues that no real emissions reductions are being achieved.
What's the problem and the way forward?Take a listen to this five minute podcast with Greenpeace REDD expert Roman Czebiniak.
The place and the peopleThe rich cultural history of Chiapas and the Lacandona Rainforest Region dates back to Mayan times, when the area served as an administrative and religious hub for the Empire. The tremendous cultural contributions from the area have been marred by a history of conflict. This history – including the lack of clear land tenure rights that exists to this day – profoundly impacts efforts to implement REDD+ in the region.
REDD Deal would help keep the forests while protecting biodiversity and benefit indigenous peoples and communities rights. the concept is simple: developed countries provide incentives that help developing countries who need help protecting their forests, thereby reducing the carbon emissions caused by forest destruction.
Chiapas as a case Study for REDD project - Forests carbon projects in Chiapas have not clearly demonstrated an ability to deliver equitable social benefits (that improve the livelihoods of local communities).