University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday May 03, 2013. 03:30 pm. IBS Building, Room 155

REDD+ Implementation and indigenous peoples rights in Tanzania

Elifuraha I. Laltaika

Master of Laws (LL.M); Fulbright Fellow 2012-2013 University of Oregon School of Law

Abstract Tanzania’s indigenous peoples, like indigenous peoples elsewhere in the world, have historically been marginalized, and therefore they constitute a unique and essential body to be considered and included in the designing and implementation phases of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). However, one of the major shortcomings of REDD+ in Tanzania is lack of inclusion of indigenous peoples in strategy planning and decision making processes. Accordingly, REDD+ implementation in Tanzania is taking place largely within the technocratic Institutional framework formed through Ministerial arrangements within the executive arm of the government. This presentation focuses on current and anticipated impacts of REDD+ to indigenous peoples in Tanzania; efforts on the part of indigenous peoples to demand inclusion and proposals for constitutional and legislative reforms. The discussion will also draw parallels of effects of REDD+ to indigenous peoples in other parts of Africa as well as in Asia, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC).

Refreshments following lecture.

Geography colloquium series was made possible by the generous support from The Beirne Carter Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Environment and Society Program of the Institute of Behavioral Science.