Rights and Climate

Global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change are increasingly recognizing the benefits of local forest management and conservation. With the push to protect forest carbon storage through REDD+, there is a risk that programs and policies may harm forest peoples who, as some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable groups, are likely to feel the effects of climate change first and most severely. The international community must devote thorough and focused attention to the rights and tenure of local and Indigenous Peoples.

RRI’s Approach

RRI works to ensure rights and tenure issues are prominent in global discussions on forest-based responses to climate change. By convening multinational and government officials, local community leaders and civil society groups working on the ground, we use timely analysis to shape progressive steps for policy and structures for adaptation and mitigation. Our climate change advocacy prioritizes tenure reforms that address poverty, support communities and bolster reform conservation.

RRI Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

Organized by RRI, Coalition Partners and like-minded organizations, this series of dialogues fosters critical reflection and learning on forest governance, the rights of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples and forest tenure in the context of global action to combat climate change, including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). The meetings in this series have allowed local community leaders, policy makers, government officials, members of civil society and private companies to:

  • Understand cross-cutting issues affecting their work
  • Spur creative thinking across sectors
  • Identify and foster complimentary actions to help ensure that global initiatives and public policy actions complement each other and enhance the rights and livelihoods of the poor

Learn more about the most recent events in RRI's Forests, Governance and Climate Change Dialogue series: