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Reforestation & restoration under REDD+: Avoiding mistakes of past

January 17, 2013

UN-REDD Programme


If the history of reforestation and forest restoration provides any indication of their future, then the outlook of enhancing forest carbon stocks under REDD+ in Asia and the Pacific is quite gloomy. That’s in a nutshell the conclusion that Barr and Sayer draw in a recent article on The Political Economy of Reforestation and Forest Restoration in Asia-Pacific: Critical Issues for REDD. According to their review, past reforestation and restoration have: 

  • “Consolidated the control of state agencies and corporate actors over ‘degraded’ forest landscapes, often resulting in the displacement of rural communities; 
  • Exacerbated economic disparities by channeling large capital subsidies and resource rents to companies with close ties to state elites;
  • Facilitated corruption and financial fraud, in some cases on a grand scale;
  • Accelerated biodiversity loss by creating perverse incentives for the conversion of ‘degraded’ secondary forests; and
  • Generated mixed results for rural small-holders, at times locking them in inequitable agreements with plantation companies, and in other cases, offering enhanced tenure security.” 


Many of the above issues have been raised before. Nevertheless, the reminder is timely, as countries are slowly moving from getting ready for REDD+ towards implementation. 


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Keywords: carbon stock, forest carbon, REDD, reforestation