Demonstrations of community collaborations sweep across the globe – from Colombia to Laos. South America became the site of the first VCS-approved REDD+ project to address unplanned deforestation, while pioneer community forest management plans were designed and approved in Cambodia. Meanwhile, innovative approaches to participatory land use planning were tested in parts of Southeast Asia.
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In this issue of Forest Carbon News, we see a growing trend towards communities working together for everything from forest certification to policy reform. In Colombia, the Choco-Darien Conservation Corridor REDD+ Project reportedly became the first VCS-approved REDD+ project to address unplanned deforestation in South America. Cambodia also saw a first as an unprecedented community forest management plan was approved since the community forestry guidelines were issued in 2006. Forest communities in 300 villages across Laos also engaged in participatory land use planning through the use of an innovative role-playing tool developed by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, CIFOR and other organizations.
On the flip side of the coin, community groups also banded together to oppose activities that they considered would harm instead of help their forests. The Brazilian indigenous group Paiter-Surui is asking for assistance from local authorities to halt the illegal logging the group has discovered taking place on their land. Indonesian civil society organizations and indigenous peoples groups alike are similarly asking authorities for assistance. In this case, communities were trying to prevent the Forest Investment Program sub-committee from endorsing the Investment Plan for Indonesia. However, the Plan was endorsed, leaving communities to search for another plan of attack.
One potentially successful attack has been that of the Rainforest Foundation Norway and Friends of the Earth Norway, who have jointly and openly criticized Norway’s Pension Fund for allegedly investing more funds into forest-harming industries than forest conservation. The Fund recently announced the addition of deforestation in its ethical investment policy to prevent additional investments into forest-deteriorating activities. Congo and Kenya similarly face forest-harming activities but in-house. A recent publication by the Kenya Forest Service and UNEP reports that Kenya has lost $14 million in 2009 and 2010 combined due to deforestation. With a Global Witness report highlighting that foreign companies are going around the DRC’s commercial logging moratorium, DRC hopes not to follow in Kenya’s footsteps.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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