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Can multilevel governance transform business-as-usual trajectories driving deforestation? Lessons for REDD+ and beyond

Can multilevel governance transform business-as-usual trajectories driving deforestation? Lessons for REDD+ and beyond

Key messages

  • REDD+ is an inherently multilevel process that requires attention across diverse levels and sectors of governance to bring about change on the ground.
  • REDD+ strategies often focus on direct drivers of deforestation (and local actors). Effectively addressing the underlying causes likely requires challenging more powerful actors and development trajectories.
  • Despite tensions over roles and responsibilities, subnational governments are engaging in important land-use debates and local decision making as new opportunities and innovations in multilevel governance emerge.
  • Top-down solutions need to meet bottom-up realities with greater accountability, for example, by recognizing indigenous peoples and local communities as substantive rights-holders.
  • Coordination across levels and sectors cannot always be achieved through negotiation: REDD+ and similar initiatives must go beyond technical criteria, engage with politics and support social movements to strengthen transformative coalitions.

Authors: Larson, A.M.; Libert Amico, A.; Martius, C.; Ravikumar, A.; Tovar, J.G.; Kowler, L.F.; Myers, R.; Rodriguez-Ward, D.; Sanders, A.; Trench, T.; Yang, A.L.; Deschamps, P.R.

Topic: governance, deforestation, climate change

Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 235

Pages: 6p

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

Publication Year: 2018

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/007043

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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