National approaches to Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) are currently favoured as a way of scaling up projects and of cutting down on project management costs and minimising financial spending. But they also raise challenges for ensuring the equitable distribution of costs and benefits. There are many concerns about how REDD+ will play out nationally and locally, with fears that it will lead to elite capture, corrupt practices and exclusion of weaker or vulnerable groups, such as women, landless, migrants in the communities.
The workshop will also examine how and to what extent REDD+ governance can go beyond ‘doing no harm’ to improving the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. It will also aim to answer what contribution bottom-up approaches can make to ensuring a more equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of REDD+?
The session will draw on research by IIED and Norwegian University of Life Sciences and partners in Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. Some partners will present their findings and experience.
Who is it for?
This workshop is open to anyone interested but is particularly aimed at national-level REDD+ negotiators and NGO representatives with pilot REDD+ projects in any country.