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Multilevel governance and land use in Chiapas and Yucatan: Lessons for REDD+ in Mexico

Multilevel governance and land use in Chiapas and Yucatan: Lessons for REDD+ in Mexico

Key messages

  • In Mexico, land-use policy is fraught with centralizing tendencies, and different sectors often have incompatible (rural) development agendas. This inhibits successful innovation and a ‘made to fit’ territorial approach to low emissions development.
  • Although formally REDD+ is advancing, in practice there exist doubts, tensions and competing visions regarding implementation. The designation of a forestry agency without the rank of ministry — CONAFOR — for the implementation of REDD+ has challenged the socialization of the REDD+ message throughout other sectors.
  • CONAFOR’s special programs in REDD+ early action areas revealed a forest-centered, conservationist approach rather than the sustainable management goals and low emissions development expressed in Mexico’s policy documents (including the National REDD+ Strategy).
  • Civil society has been active in supporting and strengthening environmental policy in the context of REDD+. However, there are concerns that many nongovernmental organizations do not actually represent rural inhabitants and forest owners, while grassroots productive organizations have largely been left out of the debate.

Authors: Trench, T.; Larson, A.M.; Libert Amico, A.

Topic: governance, forest management, land use, climate change

Geographic: Mexico

Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 180

Pages: 6p

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

Publication Year: 2017

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/006550


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