Involving local actors in REDD+ benefit choices
June, 2012. Thomas Sikor and Adrian Enright. UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme. 2 pages
The UN-REDD Programme in Vietnam commissioned SNV to develop suitable procedures for participatory selection of REDD+ benefits. The SNV team conducted a total of fifteen pilots in seven villages chosen to represent a variety of conditions characteristic of forest communities in Lam Dong province, Vietnam.
The team developed the REDD+ activity as an innovative approach for participatory selection of REDD+ benefits. The REDD+ activity provides a simple procedure to communicate key parameters of REDD+ to local people and to facilitate collective choices about the kinds and timing of benefits.
Consulting local people about their preferences for REDD+ benefits is not an easy task. Most forest people are not used to being asked what benefits they would like to get in return for participating in forest management, and when they would like to receive such rewards. Even if they have been asked before, they will most likely struggle to comprehend a key feature of REDD+: that they will only receive the agreed benefits if they produce a certain performance.
Local people’s participation in the selection of benefits is a critical precondition for effective, efficient and equitable REDD+ Benefit Distribution Systems (BDS). Only if local people participate actively in choosing the kinds and timing of benefits will those take on the incentive function required for performance-based REDD+. Only if REDD+ practitioners apply suitable procedures for facilitating such participation will REDD+ provide inclusive opportunities for all local stakeholders.
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Keywords: c. National Policy & Legislation, n. Social Aspects, Other Publications, Asia, BDS, Benefit Distribution System, REDD, UN REDD, UN-REDD Vietnam, Vietnam