From 25 to 28 September there will be held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas a meeting of governments from six countries to negotiate the implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation program (REDD+).
In parallel terms, several civil organizations will hold event, workshops, and forums to raise consciousness and express criticism of this program. In a press conference on 24 September, Jeff Conant (U.S.) from Friends of the Earth said that “the compensations do not work to reduce emissions. Instead, the REDD programs in general seem to serve large economic interests without addressing the root of the problem of climate change and the supposed protection of forests, if it is implemented without consideration for the rights and perspectives of the indigenous peoples, causing conflict, looting, and even violence.”
The representative of the communities settled in the region of Amador Hernández, in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, expressed his rejection of the program as implemented by the Chiapas state-government for the past two years in the zone: “Speaking of climate change, for us it is clear that the principally responsible parties are capitalist firms and their governments, such as those led by President Felipe Calderón and governor Juan Sabines Guerrero, who have made agreements with rich countries so that their greenhouse-gas emissions be mitigated in the forests of our peoples.”
The organizations of Reddeldia (comprised of a hundred local, national, and international organizations) concluded for their part that the mechanism “promotes urbanization,” is “antidemocratic,” a “robbery of the nation,” and a “climatic imposition that seeks to transnationalize the biodiversity of the Mexico’s tropical rainforests.” Creating bases for speculation in carbon trading, this approach impacts the land “with new privatization regimes,” they noted.
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunidades rechazan el programa REDD, Cuarto Poder, 25 de septiembre de 2012
Confrontarán especialistas y comunidades de América políticas ambientales oficialistas, La Jornada, 24 de septiembre de 2012
Greenpeace cuestiona REDD, Cuarto Poder 24 de septiembre de 2012
Declaración”Chiapas en Reddeldia”, ¡Basta Reddplus y de economía verde!, 24 de septiembre de 2012
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
México: Disadvantages for native peoples in REDD+ mechanism (7 October 2011)
Chiapas: Forest programs threaten indigenous peoples (2 June 2011)
México: COP-16 in Cancún (27 December 2010)