Webinar: Equity and Justice Concerns of Carbon Forestry: Lessons from Field Studies

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Date: Dec 13, 2017 10:00AM to 11:00AM EST

Land use based climate mitigation strategies continue to have an evolving and controversial role in the global climate policy portfolio. Forest-based strategies were initially characterized as achievable relatively ‘quickly’ and ‘inexpensively’ compared to investments in more structural, technological, and economic changes. Yet putting forests - and necessarily, the rural and indigenous people who manage and depend on them - at the center of global climate policy poses significant social and equity challenges that require considerable investment in deliberate and thoughtful processes to create equitable climate governance.
While policies and practices intended to respect and strengthen the rights of these peoples continue to be formed and debated, the experiences of carbon forestry projects already in development on the ground provide maps to both pitfalls and opportunities in creating effective and just carbon forestry initiatives. Careful study of these experiences is critical in order to improve, reform, or pose alternatives to existing ways of thinking about and implementing forests as climate mitigation strategies in ways that are also socially just.
In this learning session, Stephanie Paladino, Shirley Fiske, and Pamela McElwee, co-editors and author, respectively, of The Carbon Fix: Forest Carbon, Social Justice, and Environmental Governance, present some of the lessons provided by their recent collection of in-depth field studies of mostly REDD+ projects throughout the world. They will convey some of the salient themes and lessons gained from these field studies and reflect, with webinar participants, on how they play forward in the current climate policy environment.