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Respecting the indigenous under REDD

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, December 11 2010   /  10:36 am

The Philippines, home to less than 10 million hectares of forest, is highly respected in the international forum on REDD-plus, or reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, especially because its chief negotiator comes from an indigenous community. The Philippines strongly supports the need to respect the rights of indigenous people in forest management. The Jakarta Post’s Adianto P. Simamora talked to the Philippines’ lead REDD-plus negotiator, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, who is also head of Tebtebba, an indigenous people’s organization in the Philippines, on the sidelines of the climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico.  

Question: How is REDD-plus in the Philippines?

Answer: The Philippines has issued a document on national REDD-plus strategy (REDD-plus includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of fores...