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Civil society concerned that REDD deal will not stop the forests from falling

On 17 December 2009, the penultimate day of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, over 100 civil society groups from all continents voiced their concern that the proposed deal on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) is likely to fail, despite being described as the most significant likely outcome of the conference.

Concerned about the repercussions of the UN climate negotiations on REDD, civil society organisations in India issued a Joint Statement on REDD Climate Schemes in December 2009, highlighting how government and corporate interests "use climate change negotiations to illegally and unjustly enhance their control over forests and forest dwellers' resource". In Brasil, social movements released an open letter in October 2009, calling on the Brazilian Government to reject the idea of using REDD as a carbon market-based mechanism and of accepting it as a means to compensate the emissions from Northern countries.

 

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