Roots Newsletter December 2018: strength and solidarity for the year ahead!
As 2018 draws to a close we look back on an action-packed, but also challenging and inspiring year. The highlight for GFC was bringing together so many of our members and allies to participate in our members’ assembly and fostering community conservation conference in Montreal in July. The learning, debating and planning that happened there has inspired our work since, and will continue to do so well into to the new year.
More recently, GFC participated in two “COPs”, the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Conference of the Parties (CBD COP14) in November in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) earlier this month in Katowice, Poland. These two UN processes are worlds apart, with the CBD on the one hand making genuine efforts to respect the rights and conservation initiatives of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women, and the UNFCCC on the other failing utterly to tackle the climate crisis and respect basic human rights.
But as these international processes rumble on, vital work is happening at the local level, with struggles for rights and equality, against transnational corporations, and in defiance of despotic governments. It has been our great privilege over the past year to publish a vast array of new materials from CCRI assessments that took place in communities in 12 different countries, which show the power of community conservation and community forest governance, as well as the huge importance of respecting and protecting the rights of forest peoples.
Since our last edition of Roots we have also published: two Forest Cover magazines, one on community conservation in Africa, and the other on community perspectives on the IPCC’s 1.5 degrees report; photo essays on community conservation in India, the impacts of subsidised soy and livestock production on rural women, and the impacts of pulp and paper giants and their eucalyptus plantations in Brazil; a briefing on the subsidies and incentives that are causing deforestation for unsustainable livestock production in South America; and blog posts, press releases and much more.
We are also very pleased to be publishing this edition of Roots in Spanish and French (look out for Roots in Russian early in the new year!) and with that, we send strength and solidarity to all of our members and allies for the year ahead.
The GFC team
|Incentivising deforestation for livestock products (18 Nov)|
|Guahory women fight for the earth (16 Oct)|
From the blog
|A gloomy future for climate finance at COP24 (11 Dec)|
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