The CEESP REDD and Communities Task Force has launched its plans for 2011 this month. The task force, which is formally incorporated under TGER, will continue to disseminate regular information on the development of national and international policies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhance carbon stocks (REDD+).
Moreover, in the course of 2011, the task force will analyze appropriate incentive systems for community-driven forest conservation and restoration initiatives, and the " do's" and " don'ts" of supporting such initiatives. This analysis will focus in particular on the pro's and con's of payments for environmental services (including both market-based mechanisms and public payments) versus alternative mechanisms, and the rights, equity and governance aspects of different alternatives. The task force will particularly try to gather the feedback of Indigenous representatives, peasant movement representatives and other local community representatives on the question which incentive mechanisms in the broadest sense of the word, including cultural and traditional value systems, education, legal mechanisms, and economic incentives, have proven to be most effective in supporting successful community-driven conservation and restoration initiatives.
The results of the analysis will be gathered in a draft paper, which will be disseminated for review amongst the TGER and interested TILCEPA members. The paper will also be discussed at a seminar with Indigenous and community representatives, CEESP members and other experts and policy-makers, which will be organized parallel to the Climate Conference of the Parties in November-December 2011 in Durban, South Africa. The seminar will serve to share experiences with successful community-driven forest restoration and conservation initiatives, and to analyze the factors that have made these initiatives a success. Moreover, it will analyze to what extend current REDD+ proposals will support such factors, and under what circumstances they might provide perverse incentives for forest conservation and restoration. The seminar will be open to all CEESP members who are interested to attend.
The outcomes of the seminar will be included in a final version of the paper, which will be disseminated widely in English, Spanish and French. Additionally, a side event on the do's and don'ts of supporting community conservation initiatives from the perspective of rights, equity and governance will be organized. Indigenous and community experts will be invited to this side event to share their views on what makes community conservation work. The main conclusions of the seminar will be presented to REDD+ policy makers attending the Durban Climate Summit, and at subsequent REDD-related meetings.