New — exhibition on ‘green land grabbing’
You can download the complete exhibition in print quality format, either A4 or A3 size, by clicking on the links to the right of this article. You can also download the panels
individually as smaller image files at Global Forest Coalition’s website.
On the occasion of International Forest Day, Global Forest Coalition in collaboration with Critical Information Collective, Global Justice Ecology Project, and Langelle Photography, are launching an exhibition that demonstrates the impacts of so-called ‘green land grabbing’ on local communities.
Green land grabbing is a relatively new phenomenon facilitated by forest carbon offset projects and other initiatives (forest carbon projects aim to use trees’ and plants’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a way of compensating for greenhouse gas emissions in
This four panel exhibition, ‘Defending Community Rights against Green Land Grabbing,’ shows how forest carbon offset projects in Africa, Asia and Meso-America have triggered violent evictions and caused fear and uncertainty amongst forest-dependent communities, with women and children being particularly impacted.
By increasing the economic value of forests, forest carbon projects are ramping up land grabbing, especially in forests inhabited by Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups whose land tenure rights aren’t recognized. By bringing these stories and images together we hope to convey that this is a very real and urgent problem that families and communities around the world are having to deal with.
The exhibition also demonstrates how local communities in industrialized countries — like the community in Richmond, California — can be negatively impacted by these offset projects as well. By allowing major carbon emitters like Chevron to buy offsets instead of eliminating their pollution — as proposed in California’s cap and trade legislation — some of the most marginalized communities in the North have to continue to suffer the devastating toxic effects of industrial pollution in their neighborhoods.
However, there are alternatives to forest carbon projects. All over the world one can find territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities
(ICCAs), and these are now recognized as playing a key role in forest conservation, including in countries like Mexico and Brazil. Instead of financializing forests through offset markets, governments should urgently recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities regarding their forests, which has proven to be a highly effective strategy for conserving those forests.