Tenure in REDD: Start-point or afterthought?

As new mechanisms for ‘reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation’ (REDD) are being negotiated in international climate change talks, resource tenure must be given greater attention. Tenure over land and trees – the systems of rights, rules, institutions and processes regulating their access and use – will affect the extent to which REDD and related strategies will benefit, or marginalise, forest communities.

This report by Lorenzo Cotula and James Mayers aims to promote debate on the issue. Drawing on experience from seven rainforest countries (Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea), the report develops a typology of tenure regimes across countries, explores tenure issues in each country, and identifies key challenges to be addressed if REDD is to have equitable and sustainable impact.

Tenure in REDD: Start-point or afterthought?

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 6, 2009 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing.

    I’m worry that developing countries whose remain rain forests have to accept unfair mechanism. Global society must address this issues of unfairness, including tenure rights of local people.

    Avoided deforestation


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