Yesterday, activists in Durban, South Africa launched the Durban Declaration on REDD. The Declaration opposes REDD, and rejects the “commodification, privatisation and plunder of Nature”.
“REDD is a risky and false solution to climate change, both in theory and in practice,” argues a new report by Friends of the Earth International. “Now it is time to ditch risky REDD for known community approaches that are effective, ethical and equitable.”
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) held a Council of Ministers meeting on 14-15 August 2014, 2014 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The SADC People’s Summit took place as a parallel event in Baluawayo, Zimbabwe.
In July 2014, about 130 social and environmental groups spent four days in a meeting on Margarita Island in Venezuela discussing climate change. At the end of the meeting, they produced the “Margarita Declaration on Climate Change”.
The No REDD in Africa Network has released a letter to the United Nations and the Kenyan Government condemning the evictions of the Sengwer Indigenous People from their homes in the Embobut Forest.