Keywords: climate change, carbon credits, deforestation, carbon colonialism, Australia, aid programmes, Indonesia, greenhouse gases, GHG emissions, United Nations, REDD
Is the United Nations' REDD scheme conservation colonialism by default?
The paper assesses Australian aid programmes to Indonesia that are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. It is envisaged that reductions in deforestation will generate a stock of UN recognised carbon credits for Indonesia. The Australian government hopes to offset 50% of its own emissions by buying up international carbon credits, and has a direct interest in securing access to these exceptionally cheap Indonesian credits. Local organisations in Indonesia oppose this type of aid, and the offset schemes it promotes, which they say benefits high-emitting industrialised countries and promotes corporate interests over their livelihoods.