Forest communities in Cross River State, southeast Nigeria, are losing rights and livelihoods as their forests are being locked down by the government which seeks increased revenues through a United Nations backed ‘carbon trading’ scheme that promises to pay cash for projects that claim to preserve forests to alleviate global climate change. With deforestation believed to be responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism was introduced through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to focus on + controlling the rate of deforestation from logging and degradation. Social Action an NGO fighting for the rights of indigenous people in Nigeria is one of the civil society organizations at the Cop22. Ken Henshaw enlightens the ordeal faced by communities in the cross river state of Nigeria.
This might not be a problem affecting indigenous communities in Nigeria but also in some African countries.
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