This Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP) report is dedicated to the increasingly popular topic of 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation' (REDD). Making REDD Work for the Poor outlines how the design of REDD could infuence its poverty implications and the key requirements for ensuring that REDD works for the poor.
REDD systems could offer opportunities to poor people, particularly in terms of increased, stable and long-term financial and non-financial benefit flows to rural areas. Considering such issues within the design and implementation of REDD systems is likely to increase their effectiveness as climate change mitigation instruments. But in practice, REDD could present new risks for the poor. These could include factors sucha s loss of access to land, the concentration of power by elites and distortion effects in local economic systems.
Download the full report (80 pages) and the policy brief (6 pages).