A meaningful contribution towards the REDD negotiation


Now we are in the Bangkok in the process of U.N. climate change TALK (28 Sept.–9 October 2009). However, the process of the negotiation is still uncertain and unpredictable.

Most of the people of the developing country specially indigenous people, vulnerable and poor and marginalized populations are depend upon the natural resources for their livelihood, cultural and traditional integrity and dignity. It is well accepted and well known that, those forest depended people both in indigenous people (IPs) and community have suffered very worst impacts of climate change without having any significant contributions to emission greenhouse gasses and to misbalanced the environment and climate change.

The 13th U.N. Conferences of the parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that was held in Dec. 2007, in Bali, formally included negotiation on REDD((Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) in the UNFCCC content . Now REDD has become the major integrant of UNFCCC talking/discussions in U.N. negotiation table in Bangkok. The developing countries like Nepal, Tanzania etc. are looking toward the REDD and its scope.

Approximately 40 representativesof civil society organizations/indigenous peoples' networksof almost30 countriesof Asia Pacific, South America and Africa including international alliances and networksthat have worked for REDD and climate justiceshavebeen working togethersince August 2008as the name of Accra Caucus group on the issues of the REDD intensively and effectively. Accra Caucus is functioning as the loose forum and playing crucial roles to bring the agenda of community/IPs on the negotiation table of climate change. It has also helped to make common understanding on the issues of REDD among the right holders/stakeholders and make a consolidate voice to influences climate change negotiation talk through delegators of the parties.

Negotiation of the REDD on climate change is a crucial and complex process. Vary of the interests, different graphical areas and context including limited knowledge's on subjects matters, technology/advocacy experiences in international forum aresometimes observed complicatedto safeguard of the IP rights (UNDRIP), and communities rights. Increasing recognition that REDD policies might have importance impacts on the rights and governance structures of IP and other forest-dependant peoples Due to the hard and continue works of the representatives of CSOs, and other networks/ alliances has developed common messages that has called Accra Caucus Messages and disseminated to wide range of audiences to influence in the climate change negotiation specially in restructuring text of REDD .The key message are considering 1. Overall objectives are to halt deforestations and degradations 2. Safeguard to UNDRIP of indigenous people and local community regarding to other international instruments and agreements human Rights 3. Measurement, reporting and verifications (MRV) applies to more than carbon 3.REDD financing must be additional to and not substitute.

Advocacy is complicated and continues process to safe guard of rights of IPs and forest-dependent people. It is needed joint efforts of rights holders and other networks/alliances to raise voices strongly to influences the UNFCCC negotiations especially REDD texts.