Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD): A Guide for Indigenous Peoples

Ingrid Barnsley, UNU-IAS, December 2008

 

This is a short guide for indigenous communities to climate change and to the current international debate surrounding REDD. Section 1 introduces the location and features of the world’s forests, and explains deforestation and forest degradation, and their causes and effects. Section 2 explains climate change, notes the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples, outlines the role of the forestry sector in both contributing to and fighting climate change, and introduces the concept of REDD. Section 3 explains the international regime set up to address climate change, namely the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. It also explains how this climate regime addresses indigenous peoples and how it deals with the forestry sector. Section 4 outlines international activity on REDD, both under the UNFCCC and in other conventions and institutions. Finally, Section 5 canvasses some potential opportunities and risks for indigenous groups to think about, and some tools and fora to consider, in advocating a position on REDD. Download the guide [pdf] …