REDD in South East Asia: a Political Economy Perspective
This is a report of the workshop that was organised to widen the discussion on the concepts and critiques of the REDD programme (Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to coincide with meetings of the UNFCCC in Bangkok from 3-8 April 2011. Around 55 participants gathered together from Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, and Japan. This included around 30 from local or regional NGOs, around 10 participants from indigenous peoples groups, and around 10 from peoples’ networks in Thailand. Many of the participants were new to the subject of REDD although their governments have already have submitted plans for REDD funding, have been rearranging their forest management priorities to respond to REDD. The organisers were Thai Climate Justice, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA), and Focus on the Global South.