Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions

Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions

Constructive critique. This book provides a critical, evidence-based analysis of REDD+ implementation so far, without losing sight of the urgent need to reduce forest-based emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change.

REDD+ as envisioned has not been tested at scale. Results-based payment, the novel feature of REDD+, has gone untested. International funding (both public and private) remains scarce, and demand through carbon markets is lacking.

Better national enabling conditions. Over 50 countries have included REDD+ in their NDCs and developed national REDD+ strategies. REDD+ has improved countries’ monitoring capacities and understanding of drivers, increased stakeholder involvement, and provided a platform to secure indigenous and community land rights – all key conditions for addressing deforestation and forest degradation.

Modest forest and social impacts. Local REDD+ initiatives have achieved limited but positive outcomes for forests. Well-being impacts have been modest and mixed, but have proved more likely to be positive when incentives are included.

National coordination, with a positive narrative. Forest-based mitigation strategies must now be mainstreamed across sectors and levels of government. A strong positive narrative on how forests contribute to economic development and climate goals could boost forest-based mitigation, in spite of the current political uncertainties in key emitting countries.

Evolving REDD+ and new initiatives. REDD+ has evolved, and new initiatives have emerged to support its broader objective: private sector sustainability commitments, climate-smart agriculture, forest and landscape restoration, and more holistic jurisdictional approaches working across legally defined territories.

Contents:

Foreword

Summary

Part 4 Evolving initiatives
12 Subnational jurisdictional approaches: Policy innovation and partnerships for change
13 The private sector: Can zero deforestation commitments save tropical forests?
14 Climate-smart agriculture: Will higher yields lead to lower deforestation?
15 Forest restoration: Getting serious about the ‘plus’ in REDD+
16 Conclusions: Lessons for the path to a transformational REDD+

Authors: Angelsen, A.; Martius, C.; de Sy, V.; Duchelle, A.E.; Larson, A.M.; Pham, T.T.; (eds.)

Topic: climate change, ecosystem services, mitigation, emissions, forests

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

Publication Year: 2018

ISBN: 978-602-387-079-0

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/007045


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