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Forests and climate: Film

How UN aviation deal is cheating the climate

 

Today airlines are plotting a deal that would undermine our ability to tackle climate change. Tell ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization their plan must REDUCE emissions.

 

Heute planen Fluglinien einen Deal, der unsere Möglichkeiten den Klimawandel zu  bekämpfen beschränken würden. Sag ICAO -  Internationale Zivilluftfahrt-Organisation ihre Pläne müssen helfen  Emissionen zu verringern.

LULUCF an introduction

Have you heard of LULUCF? Do you know what it means? Watch this clear and informative video to understand what Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry is about. this video explains why forests can not be used as an excuse to avoid reducing emissions from agriculture, transports and buildings.

Suffering here to help them over there

The Guaraqueçaba Climate Action Project is a nearly 7,000 ha forest carbon offset project initiative by the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Brazilian NGO Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educacao Ambiemental (SPVS). For centuries indigenous Guarani and traditional communities have used the land that is now part of the forest offset project and the surrounding protected areas for fishing, hunting and small scale extraction of palmito. Access to that land has been restricted by the forest carbon offset project and the film shows the effect this is having on local communities.

The project is presented internationally as a model forest carbon offset project in the debate about Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), but it can now be seen as another example of the suffering that can lead from poorly planned conservation projects. As one of the community members explains, “The forest can’t be sold, it’s ours. The others can use it but they need to know how to share it with us, not buy everything and expel us.”

The film was made with the support of FERN who recently released an animation “The story of REDD: A real solution to deforestation?“ which shows that the concerns raised by the community of Guaraqueçaba are widespread. The aim of this film is to allow the communities’ voices to be heard, and to encourage other communities faced with REDD projects to see the issues to watch out for.

The Story of REDD: a real solution to deforestation?

REDD, or reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is one of the most controversial issues in the climate change debate. The basic concept is simple: governments, companies or forest owners in the South should be rewarded for keeping their forests instead of cutting them down. The devil, as always, is in the details.
 
‘The story of REDD: A real solution to deforestation?’ considers the more complex issues that must be considered by any initiative to reduce deforestation. The attached script includes links to reports, websites and briefings that explain the issues in more detail or outline where facts and figures come from. It is intended not to be comprehensive, but to give a flavour of the research and a starting point for finding out more information about these issues.
 

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Return of the trees

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To have a fair chance of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it will be necessary to remove at least 500 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The best way to do this is to work with local communities to restore degraded forest ecosystems. As this report shows, this is entirely possible. 

It must, however, go hand in hand with halting forest loss and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Not instead of. Governments around the world have made pledges such as the Bonn Challenge to support restoration and reforestation projects, but even if the Bonn challenge is successful it would only remove 50 billion tonnes, 10 per cent of what is needed.

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