The relatively modest investments needed to secure the forest rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities will generate significant returns—economically, socially and environmentally—according to a working paper, which finds that protecting forest rights in Guatemala and Brazil will avert 5.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The world’s legally recognized community forests hold about 37 billion tonnes of carbon, about 29 times the annual carbon footprint of all the passenger vehicles in the world.
Learn more about securing community forest rights to combat climate change.
How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change
An analysis of the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
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Community forests around the world hold 37.7 billion tonnes of carbon
Editor’s note: The full report, executive summary brochure and high-resolution infographics are available to download here.
The “resource curse" describes the paradox where countries rich in oil, gas, and minerals remain largely impoverished. Better transparency—both in how governments spend extractive revenues and how natural resource decisions are made—could help tackle this problem. While some new initiatives are making progress on this front, more needs to be done to ensure that drilling and mining doesn’t come at the expense of communities and the land, water, and wildlife they rely on.
The Rights to Resources interactive map presents information on citizen and community rights to natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa.