Amazon tribe becomes first to get OK to sell REDD credits for rainforest conservation, 12 April 2012

Indigenous Brazilian group certified to trade carbon credits
SciDev.Net, 13 April 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Four years ago, the Paiter Suruí community living in Brazil’s Amazon, established the Suruí Forest Carbon Project, with a view to selling carbon credits under REDD+. In late 2008, their right to trade carbon credits on the global market was legally recognized, and on 9 April 2012 the project was formally certified under both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), the main standards for accrediting projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. “This study confirms that we have the right to carbon, and is also an important political and legal instrument to recognize the rights of indigenous people for the carbon in their standing forests,” said Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, leader of the Surui tribe. “It helps in our dialog with the government, businesses, and other sectors, strengthening the autonomy of indigenous peoples to manage our territories.” The project is part of a broader 50-year plan by the Paiter Surui to sustain their culture and steward their forests while boosting income for the tribe. Read the SciDev.Net article … Read the article …