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Pondering the role of community forestry in REDD+

September 25, 2013



Can community forestry in REDD+ be mutually beneficial, for people, forests and the climate? Researches show that well-managed community forests can provide important ecosystem services and contribute to climate change mitigation. But in some cases, REDD+ may reverse this trend. Restrictive legislation, arbitrary policies and permit systems have dented the enthusiasm of many local people managing “their” forests.


The question of distributing incentives remains problematic, and positive incentives will lead to mistrust in the system when communities that have achieved different results, obtain more or less the same rewards. Focusing on community forests while neglecting key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation may also hinder the effectiveness of REDD+ activities, as seen with the example of Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey REDD+ project.


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Keywords: Asia, Cambodia, community forestry, REDD, REDD finance