Rapport: Rettigheder til skovfolk redder regnskoven

Thomas Jazrawi_2

6. september 2012

Ny rapport fra det norske Regnskogsfondet viser, at rettigheder til oprindelige folk er den bedste måde at redde regnskoven på – der er langt mindre afskovning i områder, hvor oprindelige folk har sikre rettigheder til jorden.

Derfor anbefaler rapporten, at styrke oprindelige folks rettigheder for at undgå yderligere ødelæggelse af verdens regnskov.

OSLO, 5th of September, 2012: The annual destruction of 13 million hectares of tropical forest is widely recognized as a global disaster, but the rainforest can be saved, writes Rainforest Foundation Norway in a press release Wednesday.

Irreversible loss of species, destruction of valuable ecosystem services and escalation of dramatic climate changes; these are reasons for halting the destruction of the world’s rainforests. Nonetheless, deforestation continues at an inacceptable rate.

So how can the international community reverse this devastating trend? Which methods are most effective in terms of protecting the rainforest? In the report ,Rights-based rainforest protection, Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) argues that recognizing the rights of forest peoples is the key.

The report gives concrete examples of Indigenous Peoples in the Xingu Indigenous Park, Brazil, the Bukit Duabelas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. Other examples in the report are from DR Congo, Papua New Guinea and Peru.

The report outlines the key elements of a rights-based approach to protecting rainforests:

* The importance of secure tenure rights (jordrettigheder),
* The value of traditional management practices and local knowledge,
* The necessity of real participation, and
* The fundamental aspect of conflict resolution.

“It is the local communities in the world’s rainforests who can show us how the forest can be saved, and this new reports shows us how. In Brazil, the 16 indigenous groups in Xingu Indigenous Park have managed to keep their 2.8 million hectares territory as a green oasis right in the frontline of Brazil’s deforestation hotspot”, says Lars Løvold, director of Rainforest Foundation Norway.

“In Indonesia, some of the last remaining lowland rainforest of Sumatra is protected in Bukit Duabelas National Park, where the Orang Rimba indigenous peoples live. The report provides examples from all rainforest regions, and makes us understand why the rights of forest peoples really are the key to saving the forest”, added Løvold.

Requirements for success

Læs videre på: http://www.redd-monitor.org/2012/09/06/rainforest-foundation-norway-why-securing-the-rights-of-forest-peoples-is-the-right-way-to-save-the-forest/

Begynd fra: “RFN identifies two vital conditions for the basis…”