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NEWS: Harper backs REDD

The Canwest News Service reports today that, “Developing countries will soon get billions of dollars in financial incentives from the industrialized world to stop deforestation and the resulting emissions that are linked to climate change, Environment Minister Jim Prentice said yesterday at a climate change conference in Norway. …Although Canada has not yet confirmed its total contribution to the initiative, several developed countries, including the U.S., France, Australia and Norway pledged contributions that added up to more than $4 billion for the initiative, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.”

Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, says, “REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a predatory program that pretends to save forests and the climate while backhandedly selling forests out from under Indigenous People. REDD will encourage continuing pollution and global warming, while displacing those of us least responsible for the crises, who have been stewards of the forests since time immemorial.”

To read the IEN paper ‘REDD – Reaping Profits from Evictions, land grabs Deforestation and Destruction of biodiversity’, please go to http://www.ienearth.org/REDD/index.html.