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Expert Report on REDD+ and Rights of Indigenous Peoples

An upcoming editorial in the journal Global Environmental Change suggests three broad principles for operationalizing forest people’s rights and the need for nested forest and climate governance in support of effective and equitable REDD+ actions.

The international editorial, due out in July, discusses three broad principles for protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and members of local communities under REDD+ actions. Thomas Sikor (University of East Anglia), Johannes Stahl (University of California, Berkeley), Thomas Enters (The Center for People and Forests), Jesse C. Ribot (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Neera Singh (Michigan State University), William D. Sunderlin (Center for International Forestry Research), and Lini Wollenberg (University of Vermont) show how climate change negotiators can operationalize the “rights of Indigenous Peoples and members of local communities” acknowledged by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action at the last UNFCCC Conference in Copenhagen.

Pointing to recent experience with the recognition of forest people’s rights, they suggest the need for forest people’s participation in political decision-making, equitable distribution of forest benefits, and recognition of their particular identities, histories and experiences. Only if the future climate agreement recognizes all three principles will forestry overcome forest people’s historical dispossession, political exclusion and cultural marginalization. In addition, they emphasize that global-scale institutions will be important but not sufficient in themselves for the recognition of forest people’s rights. Effective and equitable REDD+ strategies require nested forest and climate governance, including decision-making processes at multiple scales and related across scales.

The full editorial is available here.

In this issue


UN-REDD at the Bonn Climate Change Talks

Monitoring Governance Safeguards for REDD+

MRV Workshop in Mexico

UN-REDD at World Environment Day

UN-REDD Indonesia website launch
Features & Commentary

Supporting REDD+ Readiness in UN-REDD Partner Countries By: Josep Gari & Tim Boyle

The Oslo Forest and Climate Conference: A REDD+ partnership agreement beyond state partners By: Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho
Reports & Analysis

UN-REDD Supports National Governance Systems for REDD+

Expert Report on REDD+ and Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Looking ahead

Measurement‚ Reporting and Verification (MRV) Joint Workshop with UN-REDD‚ GEO & CONAFOR
22 -24 June 2010‚ Guadalajara‚ Jalisco‚ Mexico

18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference
28 June - 2 July 2010‚ Edinburgh‚ Scotland
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