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Rights groups warn Paris pact rules on carbon markets leave indigenous people exposed

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  • COP26 aims to agree outstanding rules for global carbon markets
  • Activists say indigenous consent, complaint mechanisms left out
  • Some indigenous groups reject carbon offsetting as exploitation

GLASGOW, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the COP26 climate talks neared a close, environmentalists and lawyers warned rules for global carbon markets, due to be finalised in Glasgow, lack protections to stop abuses of the rights of indigenous peoples who rely on forests for survival.

Human rights and green groups, including Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), said the rules being firmed up at COP26 could lead to land being taken from indigenous communities without their consent.

They also pointed to the absence in the draft carbon markets text of an independent mechanism to fairly handle grievances around human rights issues.

Erika Lennon, a senior attorney in CIEL’s climate and energy…

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