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July 20, 2011

Does REDD+ make international forestry more just?

You are invited to attend an evening public debate on the potential for REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to make international forestry more just. This is the first event in a series of UEA London Debates on Environmental Justice and International Development organised by the Global Environmental Justice Group at the University of East Anglia.

REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) has the potential to make international forestry more just. Countries in the Global North are set to pay countries in the Global South for the conservation of forests, something that they have never done before. Yet REDD+ may also perpetuate or deepen forest people?Ts historical dispossession from their forests. As timber logging in the past, carbon forestry may work to the sole advantage of powerful state and industrial interests.

This public debate will bring the idea of global environmental justice to bear upon current debates about REDD+. It will bring together a variety of stakeholders in REDD+ to assess the justice implications of emergent REDD+ initiatives. The emphasis will be on highlighting how REDD+ has the potential to make international forestry more just in certain ways, but also poses serious dangers to make it more unjust in other ways.

Moderator: John Vidal, The Guardian

Panel: Kristy Graham, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
             Saskia Ozinga, FERN
             Dr Charles Palmer, London School of Economics
             Dr Yvan Biott, DFID (tbc)

The debate will open with an introduction by Dr Thomas Sikor, University of East Anglia  (UEA).

Time/date:  6.00 ?” 8.00pm, Wednesday 20 July 2011 (refreshments will be provided)
Location:  UEA London Study Centre, Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ ?” view map
Booking:  This event is free – please register by contacting p.quinn@uea.ac.uk