COP20 – Peru Must Give Indigenous People The Means To Combat Climate Change

Environmental Energetics

Climate talks in Lima can save the Amazon rainforest by recognizing rights of its best protectors

Peru is home to the second largest block of Amazon rainforest after Brazil and has promising forest protection schemes (including REDD+) in four national parks. But the country has a poor record for fighting deforestation, with rampant illegal mining and logging, slash and burn agriculture and insufficient land titling for indigenous groups.

Tropical rainforests play a crucial role in the health of our planet, especially as carbon sinks. Their importance is highlighted further given the drastic emissions reductions recommended by last month’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. International donors seem prepared to lay down large sums to protect forests, yet their future still hangs in the balance

At the UN Climate Change summit in September, Peru signed a $300m (£191m) deal with Norway to reduce net deforestation to zero by 2021, with the…

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