I have written before about REDD, (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degredation) and how I think it is the only option on the table to save the forests. I went back to review some of the criticisms of REDD, and find my way over to the excellent Natasha Loader who details the dubious not to say corrupt practices of Kirk Roberts of Nupan Trading.
This charmer is signing up deals to buy land in Papua New Guinea, with a view to trading them on the carbon market as Redd (or other) offsets. At least one of his deals, Kamula Doso, is highly dodgy.
So, the UN in setting up REDD needs to look long and hard at the integrity of the carbon markets. It is mandatory that aboriginal forest dwellers are not displaced or put at a disadvantage by the carbon value of their home, but rather, are given an advantage as sovereign stewards of the forests.
But one instance of corruption does not invalidate the whole concept of REDD.