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REDD and Legal Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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REDD and Legal Rights of Indigenous Peoples

February 09, 2010

Brasilia, Brazil

Forest Trends and the Katoomba Group co-organized a seminar with FUNAI to present the Baker & McKenzie conclusions, present an overview of carbon markets from their logic to basic requirements for project design and implementation, as well as give an update on the Surui Carbon project. The seminar, which was attended by around 100 government officials and indigenous leaders and extended from 9 am to 6 pm, was hosted by the President of FUNAI, Marcio Meira, and included most of their senior directors and regional administrators for the Amazon region. In addition, there were several guests such as representatives from USAID, GTZ, The Nature Conservancy, Instituto Socioambiental, IDESAM, ACT, Rede Povos da Floresta, COIAB, and several indigenous peoples representatives, including Almir Surui, Ailton Krenak, Alvaro Tucano, Francisco Apurinã, Julia Yawanawa, among others. The presentations will be posted on the Katoomba and Ecosystem Marketplace Community Portal websites. The seminar was considered a success, culminating with the public statement from the President of FUNAI saying that the agency supports the rights of indigenous communities to develop carbon projects in their territories, choose their partners to do so, and proposed that a follow up formal presentation and discussion at the Comissão Nacional de Política Indigenista (National Commission for Indigenous Policy).

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