A new international climate scheme called “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests” (REDD) is a part of international negotiations around climate change. REDD basically is a scheme intended to channel money from rich countries to developing ones for the purpose of protecting their forests. Unfortunately, REDD and its latest avatar, REDD-plus, have become part of the Copenhagen Accord. While it sounds wonderful on paper, REDD is actually a facade for what will become a massive land grab – with devastating consequences in India and around the world.
Want to know more? Read our two page Background Note on REDD in the Copenhagen Accord and a general background note on REDD. Also read a joint statement on REDD by India’s forest movements.