Nicholas Herbert Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford, is a British economist. After a spell as the World Bank’s chief economist, he worked for the British government and in 2006 produced the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.
A new briefing note from Forest Peoples Programme and Yayasan Pusaka documents how the Kalimantan Forest Carbon Partnership project has failed to implement the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for local communities.
Central Kalimantan is the REDD Pilot Province under the Indonesia-Norway US$1 billion REDD deal. Here, if anywhere, we should see the evidence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s recent statement that “Indonesia has reversed course by committing to sustainable forestry.” Unfortunately, the evidence points to business as usual.
Last week, the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD and for Life held a press conference denouncing REDD and the green economy. The press conference was part of the People’s Summit, a nine day event taking place in parallel to the UN Rio +20 conference.