The controversy continues over the inclusion of REDD in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). In January 2013, the REDD+ Offset Working Group (ROW) released its draft recommendations on how the states of Acre in Brazil and Chiapas in Mexico could generate REDD credits for California’s cap and trade scheme.
A group of organisations and activists based in Acre and Brazil has written a letter to Jerry Brown, the Governor of California opposing the inclusion of REDD credits in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32).
On Earth Day, 22 April 2013, Oilwatch International put out a statement opposing the inclusion of REDD in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32). Meanwhile, Wildlife Works, a company developing REDD projects in Africa held a “REDD talks” workshop in California, promoting REDD as a carbon trading mechanism.
Tashka Yawanawá, Chief of the Yawanawá People, tried to comment on yesterday’s post on REDD-Monitor about REDD and payments for environmental services in Acre, Brazil. Unfortunately his comment got caught in the spam folder. It’s posted below in the interests of generating further discussion.
An international delegation of indigenous leaders from Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador is currently in California to oppose California’s proposed carbon offset scheme. The scheme could allow companies in California to meet limits on greenhouse gas emissions by buying carbon credits rather than reducing pollution at home.
Villagers from Chiapas protested against REDD and the Green Economy during the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force meeting this week in Chiapas. Protesters played drums and chanted: “We do not want REDD;” “Here, there, the struggle will continue;” and “Zapata lives, the struggle continues”.
Dan Nepstad is Director of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). For decades he has studied land use, forest, fire and climate, focussing on the Amazon. He is dedicated to saving the Amazon rainforest. So why on earth is he accusing Greenpeace of threatening climate change mitigation and tropical forests?
Next week, the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force will meet in Chiapas, Mexico. Ahead of the meeting, Vía Campesina has written a piece declaring its opposition to REDD in the Lacandón jungle in Chiapas.
Two views of California’s new cap and trade programme, both looking at problematic forestry offsets. The first looks into carbon offsets from forestry operations in California. The second looks at the impact of REDD-type projects in Chiapas, Mexico.
The fifth Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Taskforce takes place this week in Central Kalimantan. The organisers anticipated that more than 200 people would take part in the three day meetings. The GCF is a carbon trading REDD deal between 15 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and the USA covering more than 20% of the world’s forests.