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Recognizing Indigenous and Community Rights: Priority Steps to Advance Development and Mitigate Climate Change
September 17, 2014
There has been longstanding, and in many countries unmet, demand from Indigenous Peoples and local communities for the formal recognition of their rights to customarily owned lands, forests, and other natural resources. Today, there is unprecedented agreement among governments, the development cooperation community, private investors, and companies, that securing local land rights is an urgent, global priority. This brief calculates the cost of securing Indigenous Peoples’ and community rights to the tropical forests where they live, noting that secure land tenure is a prerequisite for the success of climate, poverty reduction and ecosystem conservation initiatives.
Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change
August 21, 2014
Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change analyzes the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
This report makes a strong case for strengthening the rights of indigenous and local communities over their forests as a policy tool for mitigating climate change.
April 16, 2014
This report – a follow-up to our 2010 investigation on Stora Enso’s land acquisition in China, which revealed violations of forest farmers’ property rights – assesses the company’s efforts to address rights infringements identified in 2010.
March 26, 2014
Who owns the world’s forests, and who decides on their governance? The answers to these questions are still deeply contested. To many Indigenous Peoples and local communities who have lived in and around forests for generations, the forests belong to them, under locally defined systems of customary tenure. In most countries, however, governments have claimed ownership of much of the forest estate through historical processes of expropriation, and those claims have been formalized in statutory laws. While governments are increasingly recognizing local ownership and control of forests, forest tenure arrangements remain in dispute or unclear in many places, including low, middle, and high income countries.
Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments
March 19, 2014
The Warsaw Framework on REDD+ adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC in November 2013 paves the way for payments to flow to developing countries for carbon emissions reductions from forests. The new framework encourages countries to set up a national entity or designated focal point for REDD+, which will be eligible to receive financing to implement REDD+ activities and strategies. The climate community has generally welcomed this decision as a landmark achievement, although there has been some criticism regarding the lack of a mechanism to implement social and environmental safeguards to protect the rights of local peoples.