Nepal: Is REDD+ indigenous-friendly?

Funded by the World Bank and part of a UN initiative to Reduce Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), the REDD+ programme introduced by the government of Nepal has emerged a national priority since 2010. However, this government-led effort to combat climate change has come under fire from indigenous rights activists, who have raised two questions: how is the programme going to be indigenous-friendly and how will the government-led mechanism ensure the inherent right of indigenous peoples to access their forest and forest-related resources?

A large majority of indigenous people in Nepal live in and depend on the forest for their livelihood and cultural survival; they have longstanding role as stewards of the forest. This endows them with a special status in the context of REDD, and according to such organisations as the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), the implementing agencies have a duty to ensure the meaningful participation of local indigenous communities.

Photo: A national conversation and dialogue with indigenous peoples on forest-related policies and programmes in Kathmandu. Credit: Dev Kumar Sunuwar

Contact the author:

Dev Kumar Sunuwar

Email - 

Telephone - 977-9841666831

Click on the link below to read the full report:

< back 

This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Minority Rights Group International and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union