Securing rights as a climate change mitigation strategy

Watch this Discussion Forum on the first day of the Global Landscapes Forum 2014, in Lima, Peru, during COP20. The new report Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change by RRI and WRI is the most comprehensive analysis to date that links legal recognition and government protection of Indigenous Peoples and community forest rights with reductions in carbon pollution. This research shows that clear and secure property rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities have increased capacity to achieve forest protection and restoration on national-level. This session summarizes the recent RRI/WRI report and GEM presents findings on the processes and factors that underlie the emergence, diffusion, and effectiveness of community forest rights and institutions in developing countries. Policy-makers then discuss the relationship between community forestry and the emerging landscape and climate policy agenda.


Benjamin Cashore
Yale University

Tony La Viña
Ateneo School of Government

Caleb Stevens
Property Rights Specialist
Land & Resource Rights initiative, WRI Governance Center

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Andy White
Rights and Resources Initiative

Saturday, 6 December 2014
Global Landscapes Forum, Lima, Peru
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