REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is another false solution to climate change, conveniently promoted as a mechanism to conserve forests and protect biodiversity.
However in reality it is no more than a scheme to which the Northern economic powers can keep their current proven unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and also pollution, without damaging their image and prestige as through REDD they buy the ” right to pollute ” and thus obtain the “green seal”.
Many poor and developing countries adopt and promote REDD with the support and influence of the World Bank, believing that REDD will help reverse the current rate of deforestation, as is the case of Mozambique.
The worst form of slavery is to willingly offer yourself on the auction block, get bought and pretend you are freeNnimmo Bassey
REDD will not be able to respond to the current and urgent need to curb deforestation and forest degradation, considering it is a major contributor to global warming.
Deforestation and forest degradation is responsible for about 18 % of the greenhouse gases released by human activities each year, therefore there is urgency in addressing this matter. However, REDD limits the issue of deforestation to carbon value, promoting the commercialization of forests based only on carbon value, disregarding all other goods and services provided by forests.
- Good Governance / Transparency
- Identifying the main causes of deforestation at local and national levels and decide on an action plan accordingly
- Clarify the definition of “native forests”
- Prioritize the conservation of “native forests”
REDD is linked to Clean Development Mechanisms/Carbon Credits, which serve to divert attention to the responsibility and commitment of the industrialized countries to reduce emissions from fossil fuels that are the root cause of the current climate crisis. By promoting REDD the industrialized countries are also moving away from the central issue of the climate Debt, and limiting their responsibilities on climate change mitigation.
Most REDD proposals will be funded by financial institutions like the World Bank, controlled, of course, by corporate interests. These same financial institutions allied to the Northern economic powers pressure to for the adoption of these mechanisms, whether through economic incentives, or through diverting funds previously directed to more integrated approaches to forest conservation and restoration thereby limiting the choices of the most dependent countries.
In Mozambique the National REDD Strategy was drafted and approved in record time, hastily and even questionably where projects of agro fuels and monoculture plantations are eligible for REDD +.
The causes of deforestation and forest degradation are diverse and complex; vary from country to country and within the same country, subject to local pressures. REDD does not address or respond to the causes of deforestation and forest degradation and constitutes a real risk to local communities, with respect to land tenure security and sovereignty in the use and management of its resources to the extent that the demand for land for REDD projects has been increasing .
The definition of forests used by the UNFCCC does not differentiate between forests and plantations. This setting allows and promotes the increase of large-scale monoculture plantations, integrated into REDD+ and REDD++ project proposals replacing native forests that sequester five times more carbon than monoculture plantations, subject to be cut in the near future.
Priority should be in the prevention of destruction and degradation of native forests, because they have the greatest potential for emissions reduction and are generally the most resilient when in its intact and natural state. Moreover, the ecosystems of native forests play a vital role in facilitating the adaptation of human and other species to climate change.
REDD+ does not prioritize the conservation of native forests, instead it favors the conversion of native forests to monoculture plantations with huge negative social and environmental impacts. JA! aware that the restoration of forests is critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change , entirely rejects the REDD mechanism , emphasizing the urgent need to define a holistic and comprehensive approach to the restoration and conservation of native forests.