Experts and environmental activists raised their concerns and hopes Saturday over the unsettled implementation of Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) scheme during a workshop on climate change and forest.
Some of them expressed pessimism that REDD would deliver justice to indigenous people in forestry countries. Some others doubted the readiness of the government and regional administrations to adopt the scheme.
Abdon Nababan of the Indonesian Alliance of Indigenous People (AMAN) said the REDD had reduced forest into a commodity to absorb carbon, rather than a mechanism to protect the rights of indigenous people to access, control and benefit from their forests.
"REDD should not neglect the rights of indigenous people. We warn developed countries against making it a leeway to justify their highly-carbon-emitting activities," Abdon said.
World Wildlife Fund reasearcher Iwan Nababan added: "A clear mechanism ...