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Forest peoples' rights key to reducing emissions from deforestation
Date:10/15/2008

ncerned about how these new investments could affect their access to the forests that they depend on for their livelihoods," Solheim noted. "This is precisely why we are fully supportive of a role for indigenous peoples and other forest dependent communities in the development and monitoring of climate plans and investments at the national and global level. These rights need to be respected, not just for moral reasons, although that is vital. It is also a matter of pragmatism and effectiveness."

Experience from Brazil, the country in the world with the most advanced monitoring of its forests, gives valuable insight to the discussion on how forests can be protected. According to research from the Brazilian NGO Instituto Socioambiental, 19 percent of unprotected forest areas in Brazil have been deforested, while deforestation inside federal national parks is 2 percent. In indigenous territories, however, only 1.1 percent have been deforested.

The Oslo conference will discuss the Four Foundations for Effective Investments in Climate Change:

  1. Recognize rights - establish an equitable legal and regulatory framework for land and resources.
  2. Prioritize payment to communities ensure that benefits and payments prioritize indigenous and local communities, according to their potential role as forest stewards.
  3. Establish independent advisory and auditing processes to guide, monitor and audit investments and actions at national and global levels.
  4. Monitor more than carbon to keep track of the status of forests, forest carbon, biodiversity and impacts on rights and livelihoods. Secure a role for indigenous peoples in monitoring of emissions, making full use of their knowledge of the state of forest ecosystems, something which could be particularly relevant to keep track of forest degradation.

New research to be presented at the conference demonstrates that the costs of recognizing local rights and tenure systems a
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Contact: Jeff Haskins
jhaskins@burnesscommunications.com
254-729-871-422
Rights and Resources Initiative
Source:Eurekalert

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