Forest is Life-A Story on Climate Change, Forests and Communities

Comic Book: Forest is Life-A Story on Climate Change, Forests and Communities

Climate change is a commonly-discussed issue nowadays, and has become an environmental problem affecting people throughout the world. Climate change is resulting in shifting weather patterns and other global effects such as unseasonal rains that affect agriculture, droughts, increased temperatures, floods, plagues and diseases. Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the earth's atmosphere. Scientists say about 18% to 25% of the global CO2 emissions are a result of destruction and degradation of forests. This book provides information on climate change and REDD (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries) one of the mitigation measures currently promoted for helping decrease emissions of carbon into the atmosphere.

As a handbook for communities, the content is simplified and accompanied by illustrations and photos for visualization. It is intended primarily for communities (villagers), minorities and students as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD and how they relate to the full and effective participation of local people/indigenous people.

This handbook also provides the importance and the roles of forest in climate change, the concept of  REDD and brief background information about REDD implementation, as well as how REDD relates to local communities/indigenous peoples, and why it is critically important for them, especially those living in forests, to gain knowledge and understanding of REDD+.

As an information guidebook for local/indigenous communities, this publication is aimed at increasing the awareness and understanding of local/indigenous communities towards climate change action and the potential negative impacts for the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples, especially on the right to land, territories and resources with respect to REDD+.

Copy right: AIPP, IWGIA 2012

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