The success of a REDD+ project in one Amazonian municipality had unintended consequences: Although deforestation there fell overall, it increased in areas covered by the project thanks to a perverse and unforeseen incentive, a study found.

Although the private sector has enormous influence over national REDD+ policies, it is barely visible in the arenas where stakeholders shape REDD+ design, according to a comparative study of policy networks in seven countries.

The Lima talks kicked off as REDD+ found itself at a crossroads, facing crucial challenges related to financing and tenure. “We continue to live in a world where those that have interests in converting forests to non-forest uses have the upper hand in land use decisions—and in the age of dangerous climate change we can no longer afford this,” warns CIFOR expert William Sunderlin.

Climate change affects men and women differently, said scientists and indigenous leaders at a gender session at the Global Landscapes Forum on the sidelines of the climate talks in Lima. The panel stressed the need to incorporate gender into studies of both mitigation and adaptation.

Experts came to Lima debating how to safeguard the rights of local communities in global forest-carbon initiatives. Half a world away, a new study has drawn lessons from such initiatives on the ground in Indonesia—and are painting a more nuanced picture of the conditions for enabling local people to help carry out, and benefit from, REDD+. is CIFOR's online portal for original news, views and research on forests and climate change


Forests at risk even in “protected” areas, study finds

More than half of the estimated 86 billion metric tons of carbon stored in Amazonian vegetation is in indigenous territories and parks, but although generally considered safe from deforestation, even those areas are at risk, according to a new study. Encroaching infrastructure and development projects could jeopardize an area larger than Peru, Ecuador and Colombia combined.

External pressure on Kenya’s Mau Forest—a crucial source of water—is among the most pressing environmental issues facing the country today, raising questions about the future of the forest and of the millions of people who depend on it. Now, researchers are trying to better understand what land-use changes in and around the forest mean for climate change, its mitigation and people’s ability to adapt to it.


REDD+ on the ground: A case book of subnational initiatives across the globe

Estimating carbon emissions for REDD+: the conditions for involving local people

Operationalizing REDD+ Safeguards: Challenges and opportunities

The legitimacy of multilevel governance structures for benefit sharing: REDD+ and other low emissions options in Peru

Guiding principles for delivering coastal wetland carbon projects

Analysis of REDD+ policy networks in Peru

Who holds power in land-use decisions?: Implications for REDD+ in Indonesia

The context of REDD+ in Peru: Drivers, agents and institutions

The experience of conditional cash transfers: Lessons for REDD+ benefit sharing

Lessons from local environmental funds for REDD+ benefit sharing with indigenous people in Brazil

Further guidance for REDD+ safeguard information systems?: An analysis of positions in the UNFCCC negotiations


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