16 Jun '11, 1pm

Warning over REDD projects excluding rural poor from forests

Warning over REDD projects excluding rural poor from forests

agreements designed to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation by restricting access to forests could deprive rural households of a major part of their livelihood. The study, undertaken by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) , found that income derived from forest sources made up between 20 and 25 per cent of the total household income of rural communities. Firewood was most important, making up one-fifth of all forest income, followed by timber (10 per cent), plants and game. Income derived from the forest was not just important for the poorest households either, but the entire forest-dwelling community. 'One surprising finding of this project is that, overall, forest reliance (defined as the share of forest income in total household income) apparently varies little with income levels,' said study coordinator Arild Angelsen. 'Hence, forest income is ...

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