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No rights, no REDD: Communities

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Thu, July 1 2010   /  08:22 am

Indigenous communities have warned the government they will reject the implementation of a planned carbon credit scheme unless the government guarantees their rights to livelihood in the forests.The Alliance of Archipelagic Indigenous People (AMAN), which claimed to have 1,163 community members, said the international scheme — which is designed to reduce deforestation — could trigger new conflicts if land tenure disputes remained unsettled.

“Our stance is clear — no rights, no REDD. It is what we have told AMAN’s members across the country,” AMAN secretary-general Abdon Nababan told a discussion on climate change Wednesday, referring to the international policy.

REDD stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, which should it be agreed to would come into effect after 2012.

Under REDD, participating forest nations would be ...