Does REDD+ make international forestry more just?

Source : Mailist – June 08, 2011

A public debate on the potential for REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to make international forestry more just.

6-8pm, Wednesday 20 July 2011 at the UEA London Study Centre, Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ

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’s 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 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).

Booking:  This event is free to attend, but please register for a place by contacting

A flyer for this event is available to download from

The Global Environmental Justice Group is an interdisciplinary initiative that examines the linkages between social justice and environmental change with a particular interest in the global dimensions of (in)justice. We are also actively involved in envisioning new forms of environmental governance and social mobilization that enhance disadvantaged people’s access to natural resources, participation in decision-making and social recognition. Our interest in identifying global connections and dynamics combines with explicit attention to the specificity of local socio-environmental struggles.

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The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in international development. The School applies economic, social, political and natural sciences to the study of international development with special emphasis on human, social and environmental change and poverty alleviation. For more information visit



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