Youth Statement on REDD

YOUTH CONCERNS OVER DRAFT REDD DEAL
YouthForests Working Group of the International Youth Delegation

The youth are in Copenhagen to secure a climate deal to protect our future. We are here to make sure that developed countries commit to science-based ambitious reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions and get a commitment from all countries to work to protect the world’s forests.

REDD must protect intact natural forests, restore degraded natural forests, and support Indigenous peoples and local communities in developing countries who wish to reduce their emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through a fair and substantial funding mechanism.

We have everything to lose if we do not achieve this. Please do not let us down.

We have grave fears over the current REDD deal.  We are worried because the LCA and SBSTA REDD text does not:

  • Secure the rights and interests of indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities who lived in and have taken care of these forests in accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

  • Specifically state that REDD will prioritise protecting intact natural forests and restoring degraded forests;

  • Rule out incentivizing the conversion of natural forests to plantations;

  • Rule out providing funds, incentives or rights to carbon credits to logging companies who practice so called Sustainable Forest Management;

  • Exclude REDD forest credits from the carbon market and include serious commitments from developed countries to provide funds of a similar scale to the recent financial recovery efforts during the global financial crisis;

And despite our numerous attempts (and several t-shirts!) the REDD deal still does not have a forest definition that distinguishes between natural forests and plantations which are an agricultural tree crop not a forest.

The destruction of forests accounts for around 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions we can not secure a safe climate without reducing these emissions as well as fossil fuel emissions. REDD should facilitate sustainable development, reduce poverty and respond to climate change in developing country Parties rather than be a way to help developed country Parties to fulfill their commitments to reduce emissions.

If you do not commit to fixing the draft REDD deal we will lose confidence in your ability to secure a safe future for us and for future generations.

PLEASE DO NOT LET US DOWN. WE NEED YOU TO ACT ON OUR BEHALF TODAY AND MAKE THESE CRUCIAL CHANGES TO THE REDD TEXT.

For more information or to arrange a meeting with the youth’s forest working group in Copenhagen on youthforests@googlegroups.com

Read the Youth Submission on REDD

Read the Youth Submission on REDD and Indigenous Peoples

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