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Workshop on Agriculture and Soils with African Peasant Communities: the Biochar ‘fiasco’ in Cameroon

Posted 3rd December 2011 in Blog, Green Land Grabbing

Today – in the “People’s Space” at the University of Kwazulu, in conjunction with the UNFCCC COP17, a workshop on agriculture and soils took place. Peasant farmers, most of them from Mozambique and members of the international peasants movement, La Via Campesina, shared their testimonies. They spoke about their lands being taken from them, by foreign investors, often with the blessings of their government leaders. One woman described how this had happened to her – she was never consulted, rather, …

Update from the climate talks: Spot the differences between IPCC and IPCC on renewables

Posted 10th June 2011 in Blog, Climate

A quick first impression from the ongoing climate talks in Bonn as far as bioenergy is concerned: It is too early to say a lot about REDD as they have not started discussing it yet. The Ad Hoc Working Group on LCA will have its first REDD-discussions tomorrow (probably these will be open to observers), and the SBSTA only adopted its agenda this morning, which is typifying for the atmosphere of mistrust and confrontation here in Bonn. In general, talks …

The Luna talks?

Posted 10th December 2010 in Blog, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

About REDD, LULUCF and Luna-talks

By Simone Lovera, Sobrevivencia-Paraguay and Global Forest Coalition
Of course, when we arrived in Cancun and realized that the meeting venues were called Cancun Messe and Moon Palace, we already knew that these talks would be not only be a complete chaos, but that they would also be disconnected from the real world.

The gap between real life and the hot air, massive loopholes, false promises and other fallacies that marks these “luna-talks” was crystal clear …

The Missing Delegate at Cancún: Indigenous Peoples

Posted 10th December 2010 in Blog, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

cross-posted from: National Geographic blog

Forest set-asides are at the heart of the United Nations’ climate negotiations, but a Native American restoration specialist says it will get the wrong people out of the woods.

As nearly 200 delegates gather at the Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, writer Dennis Martinez points out that Indigenous peoples and their advocates have no official seat among nations, …

New Report Exposes UN REDD Program as Fundamentally Flawed

Posted 7th December 2010 in Blog, Climate, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

From Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Justice Ecology Project, World Rainforest Movement, ETC Group and Carbon Trade Watch

December 6, 2010

Indigenous and NGO Groups Warn that REDD and other carbon market mechanisms will exacerbate the climate crisis.

 *** Download report:  – Available both in English and Spanish ***

New publication exposes links between REDD and carbon trading, International Financial Institutions, extractive industries, GMO trees and biotech. Cancún, Mexico,

December 6 2010 – Indigenous Peoples, grassroots groups and environmental organizations …

Minga Informativa de Movimientos Sociales

Posted 6th December 2010 in Blog, Climate, Climate Justice, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

English below

Arranca Foro Global por la Vida y la justicia Ambiental y Social:
A descarrilar los mercados de carbono, convoca La Vía Campesina en Cancún

Equipo de comunicación Cloc/Vía Campesina

(Cancún, 5 de diciembre de 2010) Una idea campeó durante la apertura y el desarrollo de los trabajos durante el primer día del Foro Global “Por la Vida y la Justicia Ambiental y Social” que La Vía Campesina y organizaciones aliadas realizan en su campamento en Cancún: es necesario descarrilar los mercados …

Climate Justice Research on REDD & REDD+

Posted 6th December 2010 in Blog, REDD

Dartmouth College
Climate Justice Research Project


Agreement between Parties on supporting Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) projects is often cited as the most substantial outcome of COP15. While it remains inappropriate to address a problem with a solution that stems from the same basic principles, (i.e., demonstrably failed neoliberal policy measures) REDD remains a reality for being implemented as a “solution” to climate change. Therefore, it is essential to pay great …

Forest Policy Fails to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Degradation

Posted 1st December 2010 in Blog, REDD

Excessive Demand for Woodand Land is the Major Cause of Deforestation, a New Global Forest Coalition Report Reveals

Cancun, Mexico, 1 December 2010 – Areport released by the Global Forest Coalition today at the UN Climate Talks in Cancun, Mexico reveals that measures to address deforestation, like REDD (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) are likely to fail because they do not address the underlying causes of forest loss, such as excessive global demand for wood, plantation agriculture, expanding agrofuel …

Cancún Opens for GREEN Business, but REDD Will Destroy Indigenous Forest Cultures

Posted 30th November 2010 in Blog, REDD, UNFCCC COPs

Cross-posted by The Huffington Post

By: Subhankar Banerjee.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) COP16 opens this week in Cancún, Mexico, to discuss green business (November 29 – December 10, 2010). No one is expecting any global climate treaty to be signed at this conference. However there is hope that some progress could be made.

Two articles in particular caught my attention over the weekend. …

Forest and Indigenous Groups Reject Cancún Forest Deal

Posted 29th November 2010 in bio energy, Climate change, COP16, Indigenous Peoples

Joint Press Release from Global Forest Coalition and Indigenous Environmental Network

26 November, 2010                                   

REDD Will Violate Rights, Accelerate Emissions, Groups Warn

Cancún, Mexico – Indigenous and environmental rights groups warn that an agreement on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico will spell disaster for forest peoples worldwide, limiting the rights of indigenous and peasant people over their territories. The real solution, the groups argue, is for developed countries to reduce …