Time to recognize community forest rights to combat climate change
In December, climate negotiators will converge in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It will mark a milestone for the
Durban Platform on Enhanced Action, the process established in 2011 that is supposed to end with a new climate change agreement at the 2015 COP in Paris.
As the new agreement takes shape, it is clear that forest landscapes will be part of the negotiating agenda.
An essential component of the agreement must be the recognition of a critical approach to climate change mitigation: the recognition of community forest rights.
A new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), “Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change”, finds overwhelming evidence that strengthening community forest rights can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and improve forest health.
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