A critical look at REDD+ and indigenous strategies for comprehensive forest protection
With the present brochure prepared within the project "From Overconsumption to Solidarity", Climate Alliance and ASTM wish to take a critical look at development of the REDD+ instrument and to present the alternative approaches of indigenous peoples dwelling in Amazonia.
The brochure not only considers the structural shortcomings of the approaches declared as REDD+ projects to date. Climate Alliance above all strives to outline the approaches that are being pursued by indigenous peoples, whose situation the discussions on REDD have hardly improved. Quite the contrary in fact: the prospect of quick profits has led innumeravle dubious companies to conclude non-transparent contracts with indigenous communities, who have been taken in by these companies' promises in their quest for sources of income to safeguard thei traditional ways of life.
In the first part of this brochure, we provide an overview of the relationship between forests and climate protection in addition to the role of indigenous peoples. We moreover outline development of the REDD+ instrument within the scope of the international climate process.
The second part of this brochure comprises a compilation of critical contributions to the concept and implementation of the first pilot projects, along with details of their impact on the local population.
The third – and for us most important – part of this brochure is devoted to alternative concepts and approaches developed by indigenous communities and organisations. These have been presented at international conferences, such as the COP21 in Paris, and discussed with representatives from state and non-state stakeholders. Indigenous women from Peru also have their say: they have prepared a declaration on climate change from their perspective.