Debating REDD

One prominent proposed solution to climate change is the UN-backed project Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Given that indigenous peoples inhabit the majority of remaining tropical forests, any REDD strategy or project must respect indigenous rights, including the right to free, prior, and informed consent. More

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Indigenous Communities Reject "Consultation" in Blocks 74 & 75

Indigenous Communities Reject "Consultation" in Blocks 74 & 75

June 10, 2015

Last month in direct violation of its own laws on "free, prior, and informed consultation" Ecuadorian government officials and oil company technicians entered oil blocks 74 and 75 in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, without informing many of the communities whose ancestral territory the blocks overlap, in what appears to be part of a plan to pull apart the Kichwa territory in the Bobonazo river basin.

China Visits Floundering Brazil Bearing Gifts With Strings Attached

China Visits Floundering Brazil Bearing Gifts With Strings Attached

May 22, 2015VICE News

"As with road projects, railways open access to previously remote regions, bringing a flow of migrant workers inevitably followed by deforestation mafias and cattle ranchers, creating a perfect storm of pressures upon the forest and forest peoples," said Christian Poirier, Brazil-Europe Advocacy Director of Amazon Watch.

Brazil Plans to "Nationalise" Rainforest in Pioneering Plan to Protect Amazon

May 10, 2015The Independent

"This proposed bill ignores the international commitments made by Brazil to guarantee the rights to participation of indigenous populations in the decision-making process related to the exploitation of the natural resources on the areas they traditionally occupy," said Maira Irigaray, Brazil coordinator for Amazon Watch. "In this sense, this bill is another attempt at diminishing these rights, and reinforcing the predatory exploitation model in Brazil."

How to Stop Deforestation in the Amazon? Empower Indigenous Peoples

How to Stop Deforestation in the Amazon? Empower Indigenous Peoples

May 5, 2015

Recently, questions have arisen about how Amazon Watch works to stop deforestation, and we'd like to take a moment to clarify our strategic approach to this vast problem and acknowledge that our programmatic strategy indeed addresses the heart of this issue.

Thousands of Marchers Demand Just Solution at UN Climate Talks in Lima

Indigenous peoples from the Andes to the Amazon joined trade unionists, students and women’s groups in demonstration in the Peruvian capital

December 10, 2014The Guardian

From the Amazon to the Andes, thousands of activists marched through the streets of Lima on Wednesday to demand a just solution to climate change. The march through the traffic-choked streets put a human face on the United Nations climate negotiations, a process largely confined to suited bureaucrats working behind the high walls of a military compound in a leafy neighbourhood of Lima.

Fracking, REDD, Lima Climate Talks...All Slammed at Nature Rights Tribunal

13 judges meet in Peru to hear accusations that the rights of “Mother Earth” are being violated

December 10, 2014The Guardian

"[REDD gives] permits to pollute," Smithie told the Tribunal. "[It means] forests of the world acting as a sponge for northern industrial countries' pollution. They can pollute if they grab forests in the global south."

The Amazon Oil Spills Overlooked by Environmental Leaders in Lima

As global environmental delegates gather in Peru for the UN climate talks, five oil spills in the country’s Amazon jungle are causing a hidden environmental disaster

December 9, 2014The Guardian

Over the last few months – as Peru helped guide the United Nations climate negotiations – five separate oil spills along a main oil pipeline through the Amazon have spewed thick black clots of crude across jungle and swamp and carpeted local fishing lagoons with dead fish.

Destruction of Brazilian Amazon Spikes by Almost a Third

Destruction of Brazilian Amazon Spikes by Almost a Third

New data reveal that annual rate of deforestation is up for first time in five years

September 11, 2014Al Jazeera

The rate of destruction blighting the world's largest rain forest spiked by nearly a third last year, according to new data released by the Brazilian government.

Amazon Deforestation "Halted" after Key Arrests

The Public Prosecutor in Pará state, which accounts for a large area of Amazon rainforest, tells the Anadolu Agency that deforestation has been reduced to zero in areas where an operation targeting key business figures behind illegal logging netted critical arrests

September 11, 2014World Bulletin

The Public Prosecutor in Pará state, which accounts for a large area of Amazon rainforest, tells the Anadolu Agency that deforestation has been reduced to zero in areas where an operation targeting key business figures behind illegal logging netted critical arrests.

Brazil's Indigenous Tribes: The Low Cost Solution to Climate Change?

Traditional communities living in harmony with nature need greater support from governments, says report

July 28, 2014RTCC

Indigenous communities in Brazil may be the solution for preserving the Amazon rainforests and avoiding climate change, according to a new report.

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