Smoke and Mirrors: a critical assessment of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
This report analyses eight Readiness Preparedness Plans (RPPs) submitted to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and reviews FCPF documents and policy debates. It finds that rather than strengthening and implementing the Bank’s safeguards, the FCPF has created a dense set of guidelines that water down existing policies and obfuscate minimum standards.
Key findings include that the R-PPs:
- lack recognition of the rights of forest peoples and don’t include concrete proposals to address land conflicts and outstanding land claims
- have been written with either non-existent or inadequate national consultations
- all reaffirm state ownership over forest lands and focus on valuation and monitoring of forest carbon to the exclusion of livelihood, biodiversity and cultural values.
This review concludes that with key causes of forest loss not being sufficiently addressed, failing consultation processes, a focus on measuring carbon at the cost of improving governance and a ‘race to the bottom’ in terms of safeguards, it is difficult to see how the national plans emerging from the FCPF funded R-PPs will contribute to reducing forest loss and ensuring respect for human rights. The current FCPF approach carries a real risk of fuelling and exacerbating conflicts.