#39: Saving forests requires more than cash
As Europe stands accused of blocking the protection of intact natural forests and introducing logging-friendly language into the UN draft climate deal, we take a look at some of the key components that need to be in an effective deal for saving the world’s forests.
As Nathaniel Dyer of the Rainforest Foundation UK explains, saving forests is about a lot more than simply throwing money at the problem. To get the UN forestry talks back on track we need to recognise that land rights, good governance and managing demand are also critical. And payment for forest protection should come from public funds rather than carbon markets.
Links & references:
- Ecosystems Climate Alliance
- Ecosystems Climate Alliance position paper on REDD and submission to UNFCCC (24 April 2009)
- Give forests back to local people to save them (New Scientist, 7 October 2009)
- Difference over indigenous people’s rights and forest conversion in REDD-plus (TWN, 9 October 2009)
- Rainforest treaty fatally flawed (Independent, 26 October 2009)
- From green ideals to REDD money (FERN, December 2008)
- Forests and the European Union Resource Network (FERN)
- Deconstructing LULUCF and its perversities (Global Witness et al)
- Vested interests: industrial logging and carbon in tropical forests (Global Witness, June 2009)
- Is REDD underming European Forest Law Governance and Trade (FLEGT) framework (FERN, March 2009)
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