i saw this headline and nearly choked on my lunch: In Congo Basin rainforests, the success of REDD+ leaves adaptation efforts trailing
"success" of redd?! what success?
but we aren't actually doing either. the article assumes some type of success is already evident on the mitigation front. but i've yet to hear of a single, successful redd/mitigation project in the basin, let alone one that is even functional!
in fact, despite all the money being targeted to REDD (over any other type of conservation, as i've complained about before), very little money has actually hit the ground in the congo basin.
this map by climate funds update of disbursed redd funds makes that pretty clear:
so, aren't we jumping the gun a little here? yes! but i'm not surprised at all. i think conservation ngos have gone a little insane... it's like some strange schizophrenia: interpreting the "voices" in our inboxes as real.
lots of emails, list serves and proposals about doing something has tricked everyone into thinking we are doing it. but we're not not doing much of anything at all as far as i can see.
not that it's the ngo's fault, really. the fact that all the funding for climate change mitigation is caught up donor red tape, national policy level blah blah blah, systems development, meeting after meeting after conference in cancun... that doesn't really help. this fantastic chart, also from climate funds update, illustrates the problem:
and i say this without any real bitterness about having just lost a job because the grant we were awarded by the congo basin forest fund to DO something is a full two years delayed by bureaucracy and nonsense. (the grant is listed here as one of those awarded under the cbff's first call for proposals in 2008... and in september 2011 ZSL still hasn't gotten the funds! thank you very much african development bank!)
really, i'm just concerned that we'll all think we've done a very good job five year from now when we've spent $3 billion dollars and not a single tree or tree frog has been helped by it.