UN-REDD Video Reaches a Wider Audience
One of the UN-REDD Programme’s videos, “REDD: As Part of the Solution” will be screened at The World Bank’s upcoming Film Fest in Argentina.
The UN-REDD Programme’s six-minute REDD awareness video, called “REDD: As Part of the Solution”, will be seen by hundred of festival goers at the World Bank’s Environmental Film Festival, happening 18-25 March in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The video, which was sponsored by the UN-REDD Programme and produced by TVE in 2009, explains the role of forests in addressing climate change and features interviews with five of the world’s leading experts on REDD, including: Beto Borges, Director of Forest Trends; Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Nick Stern, author of the Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change; Pavan Sukhdev, leader of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Study; and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chair of the UN’s Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples.
“The film highlights that we need to protect the forests to improve the livelihood of local communities and reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change,” says World Bank festival organizer, Carolina Crerar.
“We have programmed the documentary “REDD: As Part of the Solution” with two related stories: one about deforestation in Indonesia, called “The Dark Side of Green Fuel”, and one about a successful restoration case called “Hope in a Changing Climate”, says Crerar.
In “REDD: As Part of the Solution”, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri notes that 30% of the world’s land area is covered by forests, and adds, “We need to ensure that the lungs of the earth are not reduced in any way.”
Another voice in the film, Professor Nick Stern, states that, “REDD has a very valuable role to play in putting the right kind of incentives in place so that trees are indeed more valuable standing than cut down.”
“It’s very crucial that the involvement of Indigenous Peoples is ensured and that the rights to own, control and manage their forests are respected by governments and the international community,” Victoria Tauli-Corpuz observes in the video.
Crerar says that including the UN-REDD Programme’s video in the film festival is, “a good opportunity to show that international institutions are working to protect forests around the world, and to learn that local communities can also make profit out of conservation.”
“REDD: As Part of the Solution” has already been screened at a number of important climate change events throughout 2009, including the United Nations Secretary-Generals High Level Event on REDD held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September.