Designing REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms: From policy to practice

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In recent years, developing benefit-sharing mechanisms has been a key national priority for many REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) countries as REDD+ policies and projects seek to incentivize forest owners to change their forest management practices in the forests they depend on for their livelihoods, and to ensure both environmental and social justice. Discussions around benefit-sharing often start with how much should be paid or what percentages derived from total payment should be channelled to beneficiaries. However, this is not as simple as it sounds, as forest owners use, manage and protect forests for other reasons beyond economic gain.

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