Some Other Flaws in Copenhagen Treaty

Thanks to Matt for these links:

1) Rainforest Treaty Fatally Flawed- the Independant

“Climate summit loophole lets palm oil producers cull vital wilderness
A vital safeguard to protect the world’s rainforests from being cut down has been dropped from a global deforestation treaty due to be signed at the climate summit in Copenhagen in December.

Under proposals due to be ratified at the summit, countries which cut down rainforests and convert them to plantations of trees such as oil palms would still be able to classify the result as forest and could receive millions of dollars meant for preserving them. An earlier version of the text ruled out such a conversion but has been deleted, and the EU delegation – headed by Britain – has blocked its reinsertion. …”

2) UN admits its climate hange program threatens indigenous peoples- Huntington News


“The inclusion of forests in the carbon market, or REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) has caused anxiety, protest and outrage throughout the world since it was created at the failed climate change negotiations in Bali and funded by the World Bank.

An estimated 60 million indigenous peoples are completely dependent on forests and are considered the most threatened by REDD. Therefore, indigenous leaders are among its most prominent critics. The International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change declared that: ‘…REDD will steal our land… States and carbon traders will take control over our forests.’

It is alarming that indigenous peoples’ fears and objections have now been confirmed by the UN-REDD Framework Document itself.

On page 4 and 5 it blatantly states that the program could “deprive communities of their legitimate land-development aspirations, that hard-fought gains in forest management practices might be wasted, that it could cause the lock-up of forests by decoupling conservation from development, or erode culturally rooted not-for-profit conservation values.”

It is further highlighted that “REDD benefits in some circumstances may have to be traded off against other social, economic or environmental benefits.”

In carefully phrased UN language, the document further acknowledges that REDD could cause severe human rights violations and be disastrous for the poor because it could “marginalize the landless…and those with… communal use-rights”.

This is tantamount to the UN recognizing that REDD could undermine indigenous peoples and local communities rights to the usage andownership of their lands.

Could it be that the UN is paving the way for a massive land grab?”

3) World Bank Admits “We will make mistakes on REDD” (REDD-Monitor)

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