Kate Dooley FERN, FLEGT REDD

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Kate Dooley FERN, FLEGT REDD

  1. 1. REDD – the realities on the ground Kate Dooley FERN European Parliament, March 1st, 2011
  2. 2. REDD can only work if it addresses theunderlying causes of deforestationKey questions:•Who owns the forest?•Long term planning for sustainable (economic, socialand environmental) development is an essentialelement of tackling deforestationThere is consensus that REDD can only work if it improves forest governance Stern Review; World Bank; ITTO; FAO; WRI; & long etcetera
  3. 3. Sequencing is key
  4. 4. Draft national REDD strategies• Lack of recognition of rights of forests peoples• No concrete proposals to address land conflicts and outstanding land claims• Biased analysis of the causes of deforestation• Non-existent or inadequate consultations• Re-affirm state ownership over forest lands• Focus on MRV of carbon• Narrow interpretation of governance
  5. 5. KEY LESSON: Participation in decision making• Legitimacy of decision making processes requires participation from non-state actors• Realistic timeframes needed• This requires independent and functioning civil society• Key success of FLEGT is the move from adequate consultation to genuine participation• Key failure of REDD is the lack of even minimum consultation requirements being met
  6. 6. REDDmeeting?
  7. 7. Some risks of ignoring governance...1.Increased conflicts over land2.Risks to livelihoods and culture of forest dependantpeoples3.Risk to permanence of ‘REDD projects’4.Corruption – incentives do not reach intendedbeneficiaries5.Lack of investor interest
  8. 8. www.fern.org Rue d’Edimbourg 26• Brussels B-1050 • Belgium t +32 (0) 2 894 46 98 e kate@fern.orgThe campaigning NGO for greater environmental and social justice, with a focus on forestsand forest peoples rights in the policies and practices of the EU

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