Notes

The “Right” REDD Framework: National Laws that Best Protect Indigenous Rights in a Global REDD Regime

by Stephanie Baez

     This Note focuses on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), an international framework that aims to curb carbon emissions by reducing deforestation.  While international negotiators discuss the environmental benefits of REDD, which will likely be implemented in the Kyoto Protocol’s post-2012 commitment period, forest-dwelling indigenous communities worry that REDD will destroy their livelihoods.  Countries with high deforestation rates, such as Brazil and Indonesia, have already implemented a number of voluntary REDD pilot projects and are currently creating legal frameworks to address the complexities of REDD.  This Note compares the legal frameworks of Brazil and Indonesia in terms of how well they protect indigenous rights.  Ultimately, the lives of indigenous peoples will be most affected by national laws that govern the implementation of REDD.  Accordingly, this Note provides suggestions on how to build a legal framework that capitalizes on the environmental and economic benefits of REDD while protecting the rights and livelihood of indigenous peoples.

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November 2014 | Vol. 83, No. 2

DEDICATION

SYMPOSIUM

Foreword: Chevron at 30: Looking Back and Looking Forward

by Peter M. Shane & Christopher J. Walker

The Three Phases of Mead

by Kristin E. Hickman

Federalism at Step Zero

by Miriam Seifter

Step Zero After City of Arlington

by Thomas W. Merrill

In Search of Skidmore

by Peter L. Strauss

ARTICLES

Meta Rights

by Charlotte Garden

NOTES

COMMENTS