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[PDF] Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments

Author: Rights and Resources Initiative, Published on: 1 March 2014

The Warsaw Framework on REDD+ adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC in November 2013 paves the way for payments to flow to developing countries for carbon emissions reductions from forests. The new framework encourages countries to set up a national entity or designated focal point for REDD+, which will be eligible to receive financing to implement REDD+ activities and strategies...It has been widely recognized that positive outcomes for REDD+ will depend on changes in the prevailing forest governance conditions in REDD+ countries...Recent research by RRI demonstrates that REDD+ has not been a catalyst of tenure reforms across low and middle income countries...This brief...examines the status of existing legal frameworks regarding Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ rights to trade forest carbon...

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