Linking forest tenure reform, environmental compliance, and incentives: lessons from REDD+ initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon

Linking forest tenure reform, environmental compliance, and incentives: lessons from REDD+ initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon

Pervasive tenure insecurity in developing countries is a key challenge for REDD+. Brazil, a leader in REDD+, has advanced efforts to link forest tenure reform and environmental compliance. We describe how these policies have shaped sub-national interventions with detailed data on land tenure and livelihoods in four REDD+ pilot sites in the Brazilian Amazon. Despite different local contexts, REDD+ proponents have converged on a similar strategy of collaborating with government agencies to clarify tenure and pave the way for a mix of regulatory enforcement and incentive-based REDD+ mechanisms. This polycentric governance model holds promise for effective and equitable REDD+ implementation.

Authors: Duchelle, A.E.; Cromberg, M.; Gebara, M.F.; Guerra, R.; Melo, T.; Larson, A.M.; Cronkleton, P.; Borner, J.; Sills, E.; Wunder, S.; Bauch, S.; May, P.; Selaya, G.; Sunderlin, W.D.

Topic: climate change,deforestation,degradation,degraded forests,property rights,tenure systems,livelihoods

Geographic: Brazil,Latin America

Publication Year: 2013

ISSN: 0305-750X

Source: World Development

DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.014


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