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Rights and REDD+: Legal and regulatory considerations

Rights and REDD+: Legal and regulatory considerations
The clarification of forest tenure is essential for the sustainable success of REDD+. Successful tenure reform should be supported by a participative process and build on customary tenure systems. Tenure reform, however, is a long-term process that has to be implemented in parallel with other REDD+ policies.
The allocation of carbon rights is a precondition for subnational carbon crediting. The allocation can in most cases be deducted from existing legal principles. The clarification of carbon rights is not a condition for REDD+ policies that are not associated with entity-level carbon crediting and trading.

The discussion about sharing international benefits must go hand in hand with a discussion about sharing the costs and burdens of REDD+. It is important to manage expectations regarding benefits, in particular where the international incentive systems are still under development.

Authors: Streck, C.

Topic: climate, climatic change, mitigation, tenure systems, governance

Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

Publication Year: 2009

ISBN: 978-6-02-869303-5

Source: Angelsen, A. with Brockhaus, M., Kanninen, M., Sills, E., Sunderlin, W. D. and Wertz-Kanounnikoff, S. (eds). Realising REDD+: National strategy and policy options. 151-162

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