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REDD+ and Promoting Synergies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

As post-Cancun actions and forest management and conservation related action points of Government of India, I would like to highlight the scope and possible processes towards the implementation and acceptance of REDD+ in India.

In the recent Cancun Summit, the UNFCCC agreed on a new framework for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). Given that, REDD + is a carbon trading scheme, meant to enhance market-based forest stocks, in which developing countries will be compensated for keeping their forests intact. As per Cancun agreement UNFCCC agreed that developing countries will get more avenues for carbon credits from carbon capture and storage projects in land use and forestry.

Though the agreement formally backs the program of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, there are concerns related to rights of indigenous people, which were raised during the CoP16 summit itself. One of the Indigenous Caucus’s mentioned in an opening statement on November 29, 2010 at Cancun that “It’s a matter of life and death if they come out with wrong solutions. REDD threatens our human rights, including our right to free prior and informed consent among many others. Our land and territories, food sovereignty, biodiversity, cultural practices and traditional life styles are being placed in further jeopardy, and we reject these false solutions.”

In above context, the latest report of Forest Right Act Committee- Link http://bit.ly/i0b6ZW (Forest Right Act (FRA)-2006 provides certain rights on forest to forest dwellers), the committee members field visits observed that, the provision of the FRA were violated, and Forest officials in many places in India have summarily evicted forest dwellers. Full Article: http://vajpai.org/2011/01/11/redd-and-promoting-synergies-for-climate-change-mitigation-and-adaptation/   
 
 

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  • Name: K N Vajpai

    Company: Climate Himalaya Initiative

    Telphone: -- , 91-7607481242

    Address: O/O Prakriti a mountain environment group
    P.O. Silli, Agastyamuni, Rudraprayag
    Uttarakhand, India PIN 246421

    Email: knvajpai@climatehimalaya.net