Daniel Nepstad 
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Re: “Cap and Clear-Cut

California and REDD: getting the facts straight

The anti-REDD protestors who confronted Governor Brown on December 8th were apparently assuming that California's climate policy could somehow empower and enable land-grabbing schemes that have been falsely labeled as "REDD", which is simply not true.

We (Earth Innovation Institution) are happy to see the East Bay Express cover REDD and the event we co-hosted with the Governors’ Climate and Forests task force in Paris that featured a keynote address by Governor Brown. However, we are dismayed to see important errors in the way REDD is described. Contrary to the main message of the EBE article, the kind of REDD program that California could eventually support--called "sectoral REDD"-- is already delivering important benefits to indigenous peoples and is endorsed by organizations that represent hundreds of indigenous communities throughout the Amazon and Meso-america, including the Meso-American Alliance for Peoples and Forests (AMPB) and the Amazon Basin Indigenous Coordination (COICA). The coordinator of COICA, Edwin Vasquez, participated in the second panel of the Dec. 8th event, after most protestors had departed. COICA represents 390 indigenous groups and 5000 communities across the Amazon Basin, and its leaders were in Paris voicing their support for REDD as a mechanism for supporting tribal life plans.

To learn more about what sectoral REDD programs that could some day qualify for CA support look like, including mechanisms for guaranteeing a fair distribution of REDD benefits and protection or expansion of land rights, go to the recommendations of the REDD Offset Working Group and the Air and Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/sectorbasedoffsets/sectorbasedoffsets.htm.

Posted by Daniel Nepstad on 01/25/2016 at 9:42 PM

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