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A community visit to the demonstration area was undertaken.

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Mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and degradation, now known as REDD, in Nicaragua could represent an alternative for reducing the rate of deforestation and change the basis of household economic activity from agriculture and livestock to forestry or agro-forestry. This argument is based on that Nicaraguan Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean have the comparative advantage of having a shared political framework—a framework based administratively on the autonomy through which the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendant communities are ensured. It is these people and their lifestyles which can ensure the survival of forests and their biodiversity.[1]

Recognizing this, the Center for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples - CADPI's work on REDD is towards ensuring the participation of the indigenous peoples in the REDD processes from the local to the national and global levels. CADPI's involvement with REDD started when the Regional Government invited them to be one of the participant in the definition of the elaboration of the North Atlantic Autonomy Region Strategy on Climate Change. To do this, CADPI has developed a very good working relationship with the GTZ, Oxfam UK, National Red Cross and URACCAN[2]. Furthermore, CADPI conducted a research (case studies) on the different ecosystems in the autonomous regions and has offered its technical expertise to different secretaries of the of the regional government. It has been eight years since the national government started to work on the demarcation and titling of ancestral lands of 22 indigenous peoples' territories within their region. So far, 16 territories have been completed. Also, CADPI is being invited by the Nicaraguan Government to help them with their REDD programme and CADPI is now also a member of the National REDD Network.