Stakeholder participation in natural resource management, and REDD+ in particular, are mandatory in the existing DRC legal frameworks.
The key limitations to stakeholder participation in REDD+ are weak law enforcement, poor coordination, lack of financial resources, limited recognition of land and forest tenure, limited capacity, and insufficient monitoring and guidance at lower levels to ensure participation.
The key factors relevant to increasing stakeholder participation in the DRC are effective policies and measures to address these challenges. REDD+ policy makers and project developers must possess a good understanding of stakeholder channels for participation in REDD+ and the factors driving their engagement. This will enable the provision of appropriate support mechanisms and capacity for different stakeholder groups, based on their needs and capacity.