REDD and Indigenous Peoples in Brazil
Andrew Long
March 2012, available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2028142

This chapter emphasizes the importance of indigenous peoples for Brazil’s successful engagement in REDD, particularly because of their traditional knowledge and strong record of forest management. At the same time however, the chapter maintains that equitable and effective engagement of indigenous peoples in REDD demands careful design of international and Brazilian law to address risks before indigenous peoples are encouraged to enter long-term REDD arrangements. Even with such law in place, challenges involving indigenous understanding and consent may prove insurmountable for tribes unfamiliar with the worldview underlying economic approaches such as REDD. Therefore, the chapter concludes that net benefits for indigenous peoples in Brazil can only be ensured if REDD engagement occurs in a secure legal environment that facilitates understanding and context-specific evaluation by the tribes themselves. The final draft of this chapter will appear in “Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Legal Remedies,” edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk, Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming in 2012. Read the chapter …

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