World Rainforest Movement

REDD Realities: two publications that show what REDD means for communities


Two publications show how REDD undermines forest peoples’ rights, fails to address deforestation and puts the blame for deforestation and emissions on peasant farming practices while undermining local food systems.

The WRM publication “REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies” presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common characteristic: They are all known to have caused harm and given rise to grievances from communities in the project area.

The joint publication by GRAIN and the WRM “How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change” shows why REDD+ is not a solution to climate change that can help peasants reduce emissions, adapt their farming practises to a changing climate and increase yields, as its proponents claim. It reinforces the corporate food and farming system that is largely responsible for climate change, has robbed many communities and forest peoples of their territories and undermines the food and agricultural systems of peasants and indigenous peoples that can cool the planet.