Archive for the ‘Climate change’ Category
The year 2013 is almost to a close, a year that was marked by many challenges to the rights of forest peoples and growing threats of green land grabbing, while key policy changes to address the drivers of forest loss continue to be postponed. But we also saw growing recognition in 2013 that respecting the rights, needs and role of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women forms the cornerstone for effective, socially just forest conservation and restoration policies. As a worldwide coalition of groups from 40 different countries we would like to thank our members, allies and supporters for their passion and hard work for forests and forest peoples’ rights the past year.
This issue includes reports from Indigenous and non-Indigenous campaigners from Panama, USA, Bolivia, South Africa and India on the latest meetings of the Convention on Biodiversity, the climate negotiations, and gatherings of activists on REDD+ in Africa and women and climate change.
Warsaw, Poland –A new report released by the Global Forest Coalition  today at the 19th UN Climate Conference concludes that projects and policies related to REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks) fail to address the underlying causes of forest loss and might contribute to further deforestation instead. Read more »
New York/Asuncion, 22 May 2013
On the occasion of International Day for Biodiversity and the start of UN talks on a possible sustainable development goal (SDG) on agriculture , a coalition of environmental NGOs has published a briefing paper to raise awareness of the negative impacts of rapidly expanding industrial livestock farming and large-scale cattle ranching on the world’s forests and biodiversity. Industrial animal agriculture cuts across multiple sectors, affecting land use, water, food security, public health, and climate change. But too often these intersections are overlooked. Read more »