Forests, corruption and cars: Patrick Alley’s talk at a side event in Bonn highlights the risks associated with REDD. At the same time, REDD is a big opportunity for forest campaigners, he says.
The International Institute for Environment and Development published an important new report last week, “Tenure in REDD: Start-Point or Afterthought?”. Written by Lorenzo Cotula and James Mayers, it is a welcome addition to the discussion on REDD.
Eastern Highlands Governor, Malcolm Kela-Smith, states that Papua New Guinea’s Office of Climate Change and Carbon Trading (OCCCT) “is illegal and established without due regard for existing mandates”, according to an article in The National on 15 February 2009. Kela-Smith warned landowners and provincial governments not to enter into any deals solicited by the OCCCT.
The government of Papua New Guinea has warned that NGOs and carbon traders will be prosecuted if they start developing REDD activities without its permission. In a strongly worded public notice, the Office of Climate Change and Carbon Trading in Port Moresby has said that,