Mexican Rainforests and Californian REDD funds

Feature story - September 24, 2012
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 people

The 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.

Palenque Ruins in Mexico - a good 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.

Lacandona Forests in Chiapas State, Mexico. Forests play a vital role stabilizing Earth's climate and they are the home of 1.6 billion people who rely directly on forests to provide food and livelihood.

Community at Lacandona's forests - 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).

Tourism booth in Chiapas - Projects have suffered from poor design that has led to conflicts and excluded resources users - especially women- who lack formal property rights.

A local guide observes the rainforest of La Cojolita Communal Reserve - Greenpeace supports community based management of forests and the active participation of indigenous peoples and local communities int he design and implementation of all forests protection strategies - including REDD.

 

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