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Redeeming REDD by Michael I. Brown

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4    What do Pygmies circa Mobutu’s Zaire have to do with REDD?

Pygmies and other IPs have a lot to do with REDD. Or rather, they should. Yet, it is questionable whether their role is any more central than other remote, poor forest communities equally impacted by REDD. For REDD to work, this must change.

The material context for Pygmies has worsened in many respects as it has for other IPs and many local communities over the past thirty years, even as international human rights treaties supporting IPs have been drafted and signed off by national governments. This creates an extremely challenging context for REDD for achieving FPIC, as there are thousands of dispersed, semi-autonomous Pygmy groups across central Africa who lack effective leadership ...

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