REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

The complexity of REDD initiatives from another perspective.

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common characteristic: they all show a number of structural characteristics that undermine forest peoples' rights, or fail to address deforestation. The publication highlights that as offset projects, they all fail to address the climate crisis because by definition, offset projects do not reduce overall emissions: Emission reductions claimed in one place justify extra emissions elsewhere. The authors argue that what is needed, however, are overall reductions – and steep ones, in particular in industrialised countries. Offsets by definition cannot help achieve that goal, they are a distraction. The collection is based on already existing documentation, and the compilation is far from complete. The authors note that there are care manyother examples that also expose REDD projects that have weakened or caused harm to forest communities' way of life.

 

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