South East Asia Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
A large number of indigenous people live in and benefit from forested areas, particularly in South East Asia. The Rainforest Foundation estimates that tropical rainforests are home to 50 million indigenous forest peoples, while the World Bank estimates that around 60 million indigenous people are “almost wholly dependent on forests”.
The purpose of the South East Asia Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), organized by the UNU Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative and held 9-11 November, 2008 in Baguio City, Philippines, was to seek the views of indigenous people from South East Asia about REDD and to:
- Review the current situation in South-East Asia;
- Identify strategies for indigenous coalitions to fully engage as participants in national and international REDD planning, negotiation and design processes;
- Identify technical assistance requirements of indigenous communities and forest dependent people, in particular ways to be involved in national participatory forest and carbon mapping exercises;
- Identify REDD pilot activities promoted by indigenous communities and forest dependent people that would serve to increase their standing in national planning processes and increase their technical capacity to benefit from REDD;
- Consider the development of learning networks and linking institutions; and
- Consider outreach, education, and training needs for indigenous leaders.
This meeting was a precursor to the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on REDD also held in November in Baguio City, Philippines.
UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)
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