On the occasion of International Forest Day, the Global Forest Coalition  in collaboration with Critical Information Collective , Global Justice Ecology Project , and Langelle Photography , launched an exhibition  that demonstrates the impacts of so-called ‘green land grabbing’ on local communities.
Green land grabbing is a relatively new phenomenon facilitated by forest carbon offset projects and other initiatives (forest carbon projects aim to use trees’ and plants’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a way of compensating for greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries). Read more »
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.