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Report: Get forests out of carbon trading; Stop REDD
Including forests in cap-and-trade plans undermine indigenous peoples' rights, while doing nothing to cut emissions By Chris Lang REDD-Monitor, 21st October 2011 A new manual by six Europe-based NGOs calls for an end to forest offsets. The report argues that there are two motivations for forest offsets: "reducing the pressure to do something about fossil fuel emissions and the short term profit motive." The manual was produced by Amis de la Terre (France), Arbeitsgemeinschaft Regenwald und Artenschutz (Germany), Euronatura (Portugal), Norges Naturvernforbund (Norway), Rainforest Foundation UK and FERN (Belgium) and can be downloaded here: "An end to forest offsets! Why forests should not be part of the carbon market" (pdf file 355.4 KB) . The manual starts with a brief history of carbon trading. The idea of a market in pollution came from Ronald Coase, an economist at the University of Chicago, in the late 1960s. His theory sounds very familiar today. As Larry Lohmann explains in his