tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/redd%20and%20communities1 redd and communities news from mongabay.com 2015-02-05T13:29:23Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14349 2015-02-05T13:25:00Z 2015-02-05T13:29:23Z World Bank's forest carbon program falls short on indigenous peoples' rights, argues report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5249.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Countries poised to receive World Bank funds for achieving reductions in deforestation have insufficient safeguards for ensuring that local communities don't lose out in the rush to score money from the forest carbon market, argues a new report published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14135 2014-12-10T06:38:00Z 2014-12-10T06:51:34Z Deforestation puts cultural survival of forest-dependent peoples at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1210-peru-massacre150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest-dependent peoples face grave threats from deforestation and other depredations, warns a new report that urges greater recognition of traditional land use and support of community-led initiatives to fight forest loss. The report, published Monday during climate talks in Lima, is based on research by dozens of indigenous and forest communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13869 2014-10-03T17:57:00Z 2014-10-03T18:12:30Z Balu Wala, or the Kuna ‘good life': how one indigenous tribe is passing on its traditions (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0910_panama-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Jesús Smith is sitting at his old wooden desk facing the entrance to his house. He's hunched over, shirtless, and wearing his chunky reading glasses while writing copious notes by hand — a favorite pastime. When he sees the profile of one of his students, Julio, walking past his doorway, he yells, 'Hey! I'll see you in class tomorrow!' Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13657 2014-08-12T22:34:00Z 2014-08-13T04:13:32Z Governors pledge massive cuts in deforestation Governors from 13 states have pledged to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020 provided rich companies step forward with adequate levels of financial support. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13450 2014-06-26T04:45:00Z 2014-06-26T13:17:27Z Despite early headwinds, Indonesia's biggest REDD+ project moves forward in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0625-rimba-ryra-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just over a year ago, the Indonesian government officially approved the country's first REDD+ forest carbon conservation project: Rimba Raya, which aims to protect more than 64,000 hectares of peat forest in Central Kalimantan. The approval came after years of delays from the Ministry of Forestry and a substantial reduction in the project's concession area. But InfiniteEarth, the firm behind the project, pressed on. Now a year later, Rimba Raya's is not only still in business, but is scaling up its operations. Rhett Butler -3.262548 112.030914 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13373 2014-06-12T16:51:00Z 2014-06-13T22:06:16Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Learning from innovations to make REDD+ work <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/062.duchelle.innovations.boy.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Brazil, Dr. Amy Duchelle coordinates research on the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and co-benefits of REDD+ initiatives at the sub-national level in Latin America as part of CIFOR's Gloal Comparative Study on REDD+. Jeremy Hance -5.481673 -59.772298 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13010 2014-03-30T14:10:00Z 2014-03-31T03:37:20Z Study warns of possible REDD+ land grab <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5249.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A UN program to reduce global carbon emissions may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors, argues a new report. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12978 2014-03-25T01:03:00Z 2014-03-25T01:07:07Z Indigenous communities demand forest rights, blame land grabs for failure to curb deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2207.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. The Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples calls on governments to uphold forest peoples’ rights to control and manage their customary lands and to halt rights-violating development projects being carried out without consent from local communities. Rhett Butler -2.302732 113.872063 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12920 2014-03-12T23:34:00Z 2014-03-13T01:57:39Z West Sumatra joins Indonesia's REDD+ program West Sumatra has officially joined Indonesia's effort to cut forest loss as a pilot province under the country's REDD+ program. Rhett Butler -0.771064 100.797670 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12917 2014-03-12T16:24:00Z 2014-03-12T18:28:23Z New web tool aims to help indigenous groups protect forests and navigate REDD+ A new online tool, dubbed ForestDefender, aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights in regard to forests. The database, developed by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), brings together vast amounts of legal information&#8212;both national and international&#8212;on over 50 countries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12353 2013-11-11T21:49:00Z 2013-11-11T22:00:56Z Redeeming REDD: a conversation with Michael Brown <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2601.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Redeeming REDD: Policies, Incentives and Social Feasibility for Avoided Deforestation, anthropologist Michael Brown relays a constructive critique of the contemporary aims, standards and modalities for mitigating climate change by reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). Brown advocates for REDD as a viable mechanism for the long-term pro-poor conservation and restoration of tropical forests as well&#8212;but only if local forest dwellers and Indigenous. Peoples can join the negotiating table and act as forest stewards. Local people must first be empowered to make 'socially feasible' decisions that are necessary for their livelihoods and well-being. In other words, there can be no environmentalism without credible local leadership, which requires investment in capacity building at the local level for sustainable institutions. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12269 2013-10-29T00:37:00Z 2013-10-29T13:57:44Z With training, local communities can accurately and cost-effectively measure forest carbon Provided two to three days of training, forest communities can accurately and cost-effectively measure biomass and other data needed to assess REDD+ projects, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Ecology and Society</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12210 2013-10-16T22:10:00Z 2013-10-16T22:12:45Z 40% of Brazil's rural area owned by 1.4% of landholders Forty percent of the 509 million hectares of land classified as 'rural property' in Brazil is owned by 1.4 percent of rural households, finds a new analysis conducted by a group of Brazilian NGO's. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12048 2013-09-10T22:17:00Z 2013-09-10T23:13:24Z Amazon rainforest tribe sells REDD+ credits to Brazilian cosmetics giant The Paiter-Suruí, a rainforest tribe that in June became the first indigenous group to generate REDD+ credits under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), has now closed their first deal. As reported by Ecosystem Marketplace, Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura Cosméticos has purchased 120,000 tons of carbon offsets from the the Surui Forest Carbon Project in Rondônia, Brazil. Rhett Butler -3.381824 -57.619171 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11950 2013-08-22T18:54:00Z 2013-08-22T21:59:42Z UN REDD program failing to build capacity for indigenous people in Panama The U.N.'s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (UN-REDD) program may be faltering in Panama due to its failure to build capacity for indigenous people who should play a central role in the initiative, argue researchers writing in the journal <i>Nature</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11780 2013-07-17T04:54:00Z 2013-07-17T05:22:00Z Billions lost to corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0884.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Corruption and mismanagement in Indonesia’s forest sector have cost the government billions of dollars in losses in recent years, including over $7 billion in losses from 2007-2011, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday. The report also blasted the country’s 'green growth' strategy, saying that despite recent reforms, Indonesia’s forestry policies as they are implemented today continue to allow widespread forest clearing and threaten the rights and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. Rhett Butler -4.19029 105.342193 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11641 2013-06-25T14:15:00Z 2013-06-25T14:29:14Z Why Panama's indigenous pulled out of the UN's REDD program This week in Lombok, Indonesia, the Policy Board of the United Nations climate change program known as UNREDD is addressing the first major test of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the United Nations, which recognizes the right of Indigenous People to stop projects in their territories that could endanger their traditions and livelihoods. The National Coordinating Body of the Indigenous People of Panama pulled out of UNREDD’s national program in February and have called on the United Nations to close the program. Rhett Butler 9.411129 -79.003544 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11532 2013-05-30T22:48:00Z 2013-06-10T02:15:29Z Indigenous carbon conservation project gets verification, will start generating credits An effort by an Amazonian tribe to protect their rainforest home against encroachment and illegal logging has finally been validated and verified under a leading carbon accounting standard, enabling it to begin selling carbon credits. Rhett Butler -11.092166 -61.206665 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11448 2013-05-17T18:41:00Z 2013-05-18T04:43:22Z Indigenous association to sue to shut down Panama's REDD+ program Panama's largest association of indigenous people will sue the Panamanian government to shut down the country's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program. Rhett Butler 8.97461 -79.536896 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11327 2013-04-30T21:46:00Z 2015-03-16T03:16:45Z Indigenous tribes say effects of climate change already felt in Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0430wren-shaman-1-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tribal groups in Earth's largest rainforest are already being affected by shifts wrought by climate change, reports a paper published last week in the British journal <i>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.</i> The paper, which is based on a collection of interviews conducted with indigenous leaders in the Brazilian Amazon, says that native populations are reporting shifts in precipitation patterns, humidity, river levels, temperature, and fire and agricultural cycles. These shifts, measured against celestial timing used by indigenous groups, are affecting traditional ways of life that date back thousands of years. Rhett Butler -11.275387 -53.283691 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11252 2013-04-17T14:09:00Z 2013-04-17T14:31:44Z Featured video: local communities successfully conserve forests in Ethiopia A participatory forest management (PFM) program in Ethiopia has made good on forest preservation and expansion, according a recent article and video interview (below) from the Guardian. After 15 years, the program has aided one community in expanding its forest by 9.2 percent in the last decade, while still allowing community access to forest for smallscale logging in Ethiopia's Bale Mountains. Jeremy Hance 6.738259 39.632721 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11064 2013-03-19T13:24:00Z 2013-03-20T17:10:45Z Panama's indigenous people drop REDD+ The National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) has announced it is withdrawing from the United Nation's REDD+ program following a series of disagreements. The exit of COONAPIP from the negotiating table with UN officials and the Panamanian government will likely be a blow to the legitimacy of REDD+ in the central American country. REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, is a program to reduce emissions by safeguarding forests. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10584 2012-12-17T04:37:00Z 2012-12-17T04:47:10Z Brazil sues to block unlicensed REDD deal between Irish company and indigenous group Brazil's Attorney General Office has filed a lawsuit against an Irish company and an indigenous group for unlicensed sales of carbon credits generated from an reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) project, reports Reuters Point Carbon. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10464 2012-11-28T20:16:00Z 2012-12-23T22:06:10Z 5 years in, debates over REDD+ continue <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1128LOGGING150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An initiative that aims to slow global warming by paying developing countries to protect and better manage their forests is expected to be an important storyline during climate talks in Doha this week and next. REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), as the mechanism is known, has grown in complexity since it gained momentum during the 2005 climate talks in Montreal, but is arguably moving forward faster than other areas of climate negotiations. Still, many elements of REDD+ continue to be as hotly debated today as they were five years ago when it got the conceptual OK from the U.N. These include the process for establishing baselines to measure reductions in emissions, safeguards to protect against adverse outcomes for biodiversity and forest-dependent communities, and financing and markets. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10419 2012-11-16T10:47:00Z 2012-12-23T22:04:42Z Colombia gets world's first VCS validated and verified REDD project on collective lands A conservation project in Colombia has broken new ground in the world of forest carbon credits. The project, run as partnership between an Afro-indigenous community and a Colombian company, is the first REDD+ project certified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) in Colombia. More importantly, it is also the first certified REDD+ project on community-owned, collectively-titled land. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10415 2012-11-16T03:46:00Z 2012-12-23T22:01:52Z REDD+ must consider biodiversity, forest livelihoods to have any chance of success Safeguarding biodiversity is a critical component in any plan to mitigate climate change through forest protection, argues a comprehensive new assessment published by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the world’s largest network of forest scientists. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10246 2012-10-08T17:19:00Z 2012-10-08T17:27:29Z First REDD Textbook - Forest and Climate Change: The Social Dimensions of REDD in Latin America – Book Review Thank you Professor Anthony Hall. After many years, we finally have a REDD textbook that can be used in the undergraduate and graduate classroom. Professor Hall has produced an excellent contribution to the growing Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) literature. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10193 2012-09-25T18:05:00Z 2012-10-07T18:51:18Z Commentary: Greenpeace report threatens climate change mitigation and tropical forests From 2008 through 2010, deforestation in the states of the Brazilian Amazon declined steeply, lowering reductions in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by approximately 1.5 billion tons. During this same period, the 30 nations that participate in the world’s largest carbon market—the European Union’s “Emissions Trading Scheme” (EU ETS)—reduced emissions by about 1.9 billion tons (Figure 1). There is an important difference between these two extremely important steps towards emissions reductions. The first was achieved through climate-related donations of approximately US$ 0.47 billion. The second involved financial transactions of US$ 411 billion—roughly 875 times more money. Greenpeace’s new report , <i>Outsourcing Hot Air</i>, could help to slow—or reverse—the progress of tropical states and provinces around the world in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Rhett Butler 16.736003 -92.638979 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10101 2012-09-06T01:19:00Z 2012-09-06T01:24:20Z Human rights key to rainforest conservation, argues report Recognizing the rights of forest people to manage their land is critical to reducing deforestation rates and safeguarding global forests, argues a new report published by Rainforest Foundation Norway. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10079 2012-08-30T17:32:00Z 2012-09-04T19:33:07Z Indigenous groups in Panama wait for UN REDD to meet promises <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/panama/150/panama_0184.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A dispute over the implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) in Panama has pitted the United Nations (UN) against the nation's diverse and large indigenous groups. Represented by the National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP), indigenous groups charge that the UN has failed to meet several pledges related to kick-starting REDD+ with their support, including delaying a $1.79 million payment to the group to begin REDD+-related activities. The on-going dispute highlights the perils and complexities of implementing REDD+, especially concerns that the program might disenfranchise indigenous groups who have long been the stewards of their forest territories. Jeremy Hance 9.001061 -79.533577 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9873 2012-07-23T10:03:00Z 2015-02-08T23:12:26Z Smartphones promoted as a tool for indigenous forest protection Smartphones beeping in the woods may be a welcome presence that augurs the increased ability of indigenous communities to be stewards of their own biodiverse forests. Representatives of these communities and their supporters have advocated that international conservation policies like Reduced Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) be increasingly managed by the communities themselves. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9867 2012-07-19T16:07:00Z 2015-02-08T23:09:26Z Experts: sustainable logging in rainforests impossible <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Guyana_303.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Industrial logging in primary tropical forests that is both sustainable and profitable is impossible, argues a new study in <i>Bioscience</i>, which finds that the ecology of tropical hardwoods makes logging with truly sustainable practices not only impractical, but completely unprofitable. Given this, the researchers recommend industrial logging subsidies be dropped from the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program. The study, which adds to the growing debate about the role of logging in tropical forests, counters recent research making the case that well-managed logging in old-growth rainforests could provide a "middle way" between conservation and outright conversion of forests to monocultures or pasture. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9494 2012-05-10T20:35:00Z 2013-07-20T05:39:18Z Can loggers be conservationists? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0884.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last year researchers took the first ever publicly-released video of an African golden cat (Profelis aurata) in a Gabon rainforest. This beautiful, but elusive, feline was filmed sitting docilely for the camera and chasing a bat. The least-known of Africa's wild cat species, the African golden cat has been difficult to study because it makes its home deep in the Congo rainforest. However, researchers didn't capture the cat on video in an untrammeled, pristine forest, but in a well-managed logging concession by Precious Woods Inc., where scientist's cameras also photographed gorillas, elephants, leopards, and duikers. Jeremy Hance -1.040211 29.673386 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9391 2012-04-12T19:17:00Z 2012-04-12T19:45:08Z Amazon tribe becomes first to get OK to sell REDD credits for rainforest conservation An Amazon tribe has become the first indigenous group in the world's largest rainforest to win certification of a forest carbon conservation project, potentially setting a precedent for other forest-dependent groups to seek compensation for safeguarding their native forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9322 2012-03-28T12:47:00Z 2012-03-28T12:49:51Z Brazil's indigenous affairs ministry: $32B carbon deal not valid An apparent carbon deal between an Irish carbon trading company and an indigenous tribe that sparked outrage in Brazil is "invalid" according to the president of FUNAI, Brazil's indigenous affairs agency. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9291 2012-03-21T21:26:00Z 2012-03-23T00:21:18Z 3 new private conservation reserves established by communities in Peru Three new private conservation areas in the Amazon-Andes region of Peru will help buffer the country's national park system while offering new opportunities for local people to benefit from protecting ecosystems. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9117 2012-02-15T19:43:00Z 2012-02-15T20:25:07Z 'Gold' standard for REDD forest conservation project in Colombia's Choco A pioneering project to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in a former conflict zone in Colombia has won gold certification under the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) standard. The accreditation will help local communities access carbon finance in their efforts to safeguard biologically-rich forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9043 2012-02-02T18:15:00Z 2012-02-02T18:22:52Z 10 rules for making REDD+ projects more equitable The International Institute for Environment and Development has published a new report on benefit distribution under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs. The report includes a top ten list of recommendations to ensure REDD+ works for poor communities that live in and around forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8859 2011-12-15T23:15:00Z 2011-12-16T14:58:37Z REDD advances—slowly—in Durban <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/1214fao_tropical150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A program proposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation made mixed progress during climate talks in Durban. Significant questions remain about financing and safeguards to protect against abuse, say forestry experts. REDD+ aims to reduce deforestation, forest degradation, and peatland destruction in tropical countries. Here, emissions from land use often exceed emissions from transportation and electricity generation. Under the program, industrialized nations would fund conservation projects and improved forest management. While REDD+ offers the potential to simultaneously reduce emissions, conserve biodiversity, maintain other ecosystem services, and help alleviate rural poverty, concerns over potential adverse impacts have plagued the program since its conception. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8009 2011-06-12T19:24:00Z 2015-01-28T23:34:43Z Environment versus economy: local communities find economic benefits from living next to conservation areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/sims.Thai07-125.150.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>While few would question that conserving a certain percentage of land or water is good for society overall, it has long been believed that protected areas economically impoverish, rather than enrich, communities living adjacent to them. Many communities worldwide have protested against the establishment of conservation areas near them, fearing that less access and increased regulations would imperil their livelihoods. However, a surprising study overturns the common wisdom: showing that, at least in Thailand and Costa Rica, protected areas actually boost local economies and decrease poverty. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7631 2011-03-24T18:10:00Z 2015-02-16T06:25:49Z Involving communities in forest governance boosts biodiversity, local income Involving local communities in the governance of forest resources boosts economic returns and biodiversity relative to areas where locals have little participation, report researchers writing in <i>Science</i>. The findings have implications for efforts to protect and sustainably manage forests under the reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) mechanism. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5527 2010-01-26T22:18:00Z 2010-01-26T22:33:30Z Failure of Copenhagen may spur dodgy REDD deals, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0414defor150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Lack of a clear framework and rules for a proposed climate change mitigation mechanism known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) could jeopardize its effectiveness and put forest-dependent communities at risk of exploitation, cautions a new report released by an environmental rights policy group. In "THE END OF THE HINTERLAND: Forests, Conflict and Climate Change", the Washington-based Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) warns that without clear rules to address land tenure and forests rights issues, REDD could increase conflict by boosting the perceived value of forest land. Forest communities &#8212; which have much to gain under a well-designed and well-implemented mechanism &#8212; are particularly at risk. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5456 2010-01-13T21:48:00Z 2010-01-13T21:56:43Z REDD must address corruption to save rainforests in Indonesia, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/150/sumatra_1438.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Indonesian government squandered billions of dollars in funds set aside for reforestation through corruption and mismanagement in the 1990s, raising important questions as the country prepares for the influx of money from a proposed climate change mitigation scheme known as REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation), warns a new report released Tuesday by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a forest policy research group. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5326 2009-12-17T21:56:00Z 2010-01-04T00:04:34Z Uninhabited tropical island paradise seeks REDD funding to save it from loggers Tetepare may be one of the last tropical island paradises left on earth. Headhunting and a mysterious illness drove its original inhabitants from the island two hundred years ago, making Tetepare today the largest uninhabited island in the tropical Pacific. The 120 square kilometer island (46 square miles), long untouched by industry or agriculture, is currently threatened by logging interests. However, the island is not without champions: in 2002 descendents of the original inhabitants of Tetepare formed the Tetepare Descendents Association (TDA) to preserve the island. Recently they have teamed up with the Solomon Islands Government and the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership to develop financing through REDD. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5250 2009-12-09T00:36:00Z 2009-12-09T01:01:52Z Brazilian tribe owns carbon rights to Amazon rainforest land <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/1208surui150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A rainforest tribe fighting to save their territory from loggers owns the carbon-trading rights to their land, according to a legal opinion released today by Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms. The opinion, which was commissioned by Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based forest conservation group, could boost the efforts of indigenous groups seeking compensation for preserving forest on their lands, effectively paving the way for large-scale indigenous-led conservation of the Amazon rainforest. Indigenous people control more than a quarter of the Brazilian Amazon. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5177 2009-11-29T22:43:00Z 2009-12-04T15:28:53Z Ethnographic maps built using cutting-edge technology may help Amazon tribes win forest carbon payments <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/1130act150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new handbook lays out the methodology for cultural mapping, providing indigenous groups with a powerful tool for defending their land and culture, while enabling them to benefit from some 21st century advancements. Cultural mapping may also facilitate indigenous efforts to win recognition and compensation under a proposed scheme to mitigate climate change through forest conservation. The scheme—known as REDD for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation—will be a central topic of discussion at next month's climate talks in Copenhagen, but concerns remain that it could fail to deliver benefits to forest dwellers. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5176 2009-11-29T22:19:00Z 2015-01-20T23:35:31Z Guyana expedition finds biodiversity trove in area slated for oil and gas development, an interview with Robert Pickles <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/IMG_0640small.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An expedition deep into Guyana's rainforest interior to find the endangered giant river otter—and collect their scat for genetic analysis—uncovered much more than even this endangered charismatic species. "Visiting the Rewa Head felt like we were walking in the footsteps of Wallace and Bates, seeing South America with its natural density of wild animals as it would have appeared 150 years ago," expedition member Robert Pickles said to Mongabay.com. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5172 2009-11-27T06:16:00Z 2009-11-27T19:15:03Z A fair deal for forest people: working to ensure that REDD forests bear fruit for local communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/laos/150/laos_0717.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As world leaders meet to thrash out the next incarnation of the Kyoto climate agreement, the world waits with baited breath to see how greenhouse gas emissions from forests might be included. Despite the high powered nature of these important global decisions, the success of REDD will ultimately be decided by humble forest dependent communities, living in developing countries and perhaps currently oblivious to the negotiations taking place. Dr Julie Fischer, Communities Specialist on Fauna & Flora International and Macquarie Capital’s Carbon Forests Taskforce, explains why REDD will fail unless it adequately accounts for, or indeed is steered by, these communities. 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