REDD Realities

, by Global Forest Coalition

How strategies to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation could impact on biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples in developing countries

Executive Summary

This publication includes independent monitoring reports on the development of national strategies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation by NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations from 9 different developing countries, as well as links to reports by NGOs in 3 additional
countries. The country reports included in this research illustrate the very different on-the-ground circumstances that will apply to (REDD) projects as and when they are implemented in countries across the world.

Critically, there is an immense variation between countries with respect to the existence of effective legislation protecting biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The involvement of Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities in the development of national REDD strategies and projects also differs significantly from country to country. Nevertheless, a closer look at the results of each report allows us to draw some general conclusions that are particularly relevant to the way in which REDD is being crafted at the international level, and implemented at the national level. Seven key concerns emerge.

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