The Search for Legal Remedies
Edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk
Chapter 9: REDD+: climate justice or a new face of manifest destiny? Lessons drawn from the indigenous struggle to resist colonization of Ojibwe Forests in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Historically, logging, mining and other forms of natural resource development have meant the loss of lands for indigenous peoples. Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation and Deforestation (REDD+) is a unique form of natural resource development because it entails conservation, not extraction. REDD+ is an international initiative meant to promote investment in forest conservation and reforestation in tropical regions in order to mitigate climate change by reducing deforestation and forest degradation. As indigenous peoples generally employ economic and cultural institutions that promote the sustainable use of natural resources, one might assume that indigenous peoples are in favor of REDD+. It has even been suggested that REDD+ might be the only way indigenous peoples in tropical forests will survive the tremendous pressure posed by traditional forms of development.
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