The Search for Legal Remedies
Edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk
Chapter 7: REDD+: its potential to melt the glacial resistance to recognize human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights at the World Bank
This chapter examines the human rights challenges facing the World Bank (the Bank) as it undertakes a role in climate change and carbon finance initiatives. The Bank is taking an increasingly central role as the gateway for carbon finance programs including projects for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). A growing portion of the Bank’s funding is designated to address REDD+ projects, which allow investors to purchase carbon credits from developing countries with forest stocks. Much of the land targeted for REDD+ projects belongs to indigenous peoples. Both states and international intergovernmental organizations (IIOs) created and governed by states, such as the Bank, must respect human rights. There is a widely recognized international law obligation to respect human rights of all individuals subject to states’ jurisdiction.
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