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REDD+: The Durban Results

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05 December 2011

UN forest protection scheme heading in wrong direction

“The outcome on REDD safeguards is a step backwards from what was agreed in Cancun last year, which itself was far short of what could have been agreed in Copenhagen. The provisions for safeguards in forest conservation are being shredded”, says Raja Jarrah, CARE’s Senior Advisor on REDD.

"This is bad news for millions of indigenous people and local communities whose livelihoods depend on forests.”

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The fifth Forest Day took place in Durban, South Africa, in parallel with the UN Durban Climate Change Conference, which convened from 28 November -9 December 2011.

The Durban results in BRIEF

Funding for carbon trading projects halted

The Citizen, Tanzania

Funding for a carbon trading system known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) has been suspended until further negotiations between poor countries and powerful industrial nations.

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6 December 2011

UN-REDD Participates in Substantive Forest Day 5 Discussion Forum on REDD+ Safeguards in Durban

The event entitled, “Social safeguards: Protecting the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples and forest-dependent communities in REDD+” was held during Forest Day 5 (FD5), on 4 December 2011 to coincide with the UNFCCC’s COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

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7 December 2011

Ban presses for support for UN initiative to combat deforestation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for increased support from Member States for a United Nations initiative to slow, halt and reverse deforestation, and help developing countries manage their forests in a sustainable manner.
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7 December 2011

UN-REDD Supports Joint Declaration of Intent for REDD+ in the Congo Basin at COP17

The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to share the following press release in support of the Joint Declaration of Intent for REDD+ in the Congo Basin made today (7 December) at COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

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December 10, 2011

Indian environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan gives hard hitting speech, receives standing ovation

Durban, December 9: Following is the text of the minister's speech:

Indaba Session:December 10, 2011 – 1800 hrs

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Dec 11, 2011

Private sector finance eyed for U.N. forest projects

(Reuters) - Private investors may be allowed to earn carbon credits by paying poor countries to halt the destruction of tropical forests, but a U.N.

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Dec 11, 2011

Ordinary people have once again been let down by our governments

Commenting on the UN climate talks which ended today in Durban, South Africa, Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Climate Justice Coordinator of Friends of the Earth International said:

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Dec 11, 2011

New U.N. climate deal struck

(Reuters) - Climate negotiators agreed a pact on Sunday that would for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the action plan was not aggressive enough to slow the pace of glob


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by Dr. Radut