Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples
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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples

The Search for Legal Remedies

Edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk

Indigenous peoples occupy a unique niche within the climate justice movement, as many indigenous communities live subsistence lifestyles that are severely disrupted by the effects of climate change. Additionally, in many parts of the world, domestic law is applied differently to indigenous peoples than it is to their non-indigenous peers, further complicating the quest for legal remedies. The contributors to this book bring a range of expert legal perspectives to this complex discussion, offering both a comprehensive explanation of climate change-related problems faced by indigenous communities and a breakdown of various real world attempts to devise workable legal solutions. Regions covered include North and South America (Brazil, Canada, the US and the Arctic), the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia), Australia and New Zealand, Asia (China and Nepal) and Africa (Kenya).
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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

The Search for Legal Remedies

Philomena Kebec


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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