REDD+ on the Ground: A Case Book of Subnational Initiatives across the Globe

According to a new book, published by the Center for International Forestry Research, the speed of implementation has been much slower than expected when REDD+ was put at the top of the international climate agenda in 2007.

“REDD+ on the Ground: A Case Book of Subnational Initiatives Across the Globe,” published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), gives results of five years of fieldwork in 23 project sites in six countries.
This book takes stock of the challenges faced when trying to implement REDD+ on the ground. Accordingly, REDD+  (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) proponents are facing serious challenges; they are caught between complex local realities, powerful (sub) national stakeholders and a changing global REDD+ landscape.

The authors note that, political economy issues remain a strong and perhaps the most critical barrier to implementation. Deforestation happens because some people or companies benefit from it: from the poor African smallholder to the rich Brazilian cattle owner and the Indonesian palm Oil Company. ‘The concept of REDD+ was to make it beneficial for these to conserve forest, but we have, by and large, not succeeded’ they note.

These reasons for the slowness of REDD+ have been persistent. Past CIFOR volumes on REDD+ have argued that transformational change beyond the forestry sector is necessary to create enabling conditions for REDD+ implementation.
The book however offers valuable lessons learned from challenges associated with REDD+ projects.

This book was produced with the support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the European Union (EU), the UK Government and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, with financial support from the CGIAR Fund.

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