New COP21 article series on REDD+ benefit sharing launches 5 October

In the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December (UNFCCC COP21), IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme will publish a series of web articles highlighting the innovative steps developing countries are taking to equitably share the benefits from reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+)

Women collecting water in a forest landscape, Tanzania

Starting 5 October, we will release a new article each week, focusing on tangible examples of equitable REDD+ benefit sharing that IUCN supports through its two key REDD+ projects. Find all articles from the series in the REDD+ section of IUCN’s website and share your thoughts on Twitter @IUCN_Forests with #IUCNREDD.

The series kicks off with a look at how Mexico is working at the national, state and local levels to design ways of sharing REDD+ benefits that suit different contexts and improve livelihoods. Other articles in the series will look at:

  • Viet Nam’s experience in bridging REDD+ benefit sharing with its existing payments for forest ecosystem services programme;
  • How Mexico and Ghana are engaging the private sector to generate and share REDD+ benefits;
  • Efforts in Cameroon, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Uganda to establish gender-responsive REDD+ benefit sharing;
  • How Ghana’s Community Resource Management Areas, and Indonesia’s customary boundaries mapping and forest management units are providing the ideal starting point to build REDD+ governance and benefit sharing arrangements;
  • The implications of forest dependency on REDD+, with examples from Ghana, Mexico and Peru.

Beyond COP21, the article series will continue to highlight the challenges and opportunities of setting up equitable REDD+ benefit sharing arrangements in tropical countries.

“Equitable benefit sharing is a precondition for successful delivery and sustainability of REDD+, and therefore should be understood beyond the mere moral obligation,”says George Akwah Neba, IUCN’s REDD+ Programme Officer. “Enabling equity in benefit sharing is critical for ensuring that REDD+ and sustainable forest management delivers tangible multiple benefits to the poor while also achieving environmental sustainability.”  

The REDD+ benefit sharing examples and lessons featured in this article series come from country experiences of IUCN’s two on-going REDD+ projects: the REDD+ Benefit Sharing Project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); and the Toward Pro-Poor REDD+ (Phase II) project, promoting rights-based approaches to strengthen the conservation, governance and sustainable management of landscapes in Cameroon, Ghana, Guatemala, Papua Province of Indonesia, and Uganda, funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).


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