Project title : Towards pro-poor REDD - Building synergies between forest governance, equitable benefit sharing and reduced emissions through sustainable forest management.
Geographic scope : Three African countries, one Asian and one Latin American: Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon, Indonesia and Guatemala. In Cameroon, the pilot site is the TNS Landscape.
Total duration of the action : 4 years
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT
Post-2012 forest-based climate change mitigation initiatives and national REDD strategies build on and strengthen existing forest governance reform processes and are in line with national poverty-reduction strategies in five tropical, forest rich countries.
The project is implemented through a tri-partite approach will be. The Action target the following groups: i) Decision makers in forest, climate change, development and local authorities; ii) local civil society organizations including those that directly represent communities, indigenous, women and other forest dependent people including forest owners (government, privates, communities and indigenous groups) and other; iii) private sector, multilateral investors, national and sub-national financial institutions and brokers within the carbon offsets markets; and iv) International negotiators on climate change under the UNFCCC and other forest related international conventions and fora.
i) Forest dependent communities (including indigenous peoples and women) are the intended primary beneficiaries;
ii) National decision makers both within and beyond the forest sector will benefit from more comprehensive and broad-based preparedness for future REDD initiatives;
iii) Broader civil society that actively advocates for forest, land-use and rural poverty issues within the target countries will be secondary beneficiaries;
iv) UNFCCC negotiators and regional forest authorities ones are included as beneficiaries to the extend they will receive inputs for negotiations and planning from the results of the Action;
v) More generally, the global community stands to benefit from the development of pro-poor approaches to REDD inasmuch as it increases the likelihood that land-use based emissions reduction make a significant, immediate and long lasting contribution towards climate change mitigation. COMPONENTS i) Synergies between REDD pro poor mechanisms and good forest governance; ii) Connections between the local and the national level for REDD; iii) Knowledge and communication for building and implementing REDD. ESTIMATED RESULTS
- Knowledge and analysis of how ongoing forest governance reform processes and other pro-poor institutional and policy arrangements could be better deployed to support and reinforce synergies between REDD initiatives, equitable and sustainable forest management and reform of tenure and land-use rights are collated.
- Bottlenecks that increase costs and risks or that prevent benefits from natural resource markets (including payments for ecosystem services) reaching the rural poor identified, and innovative opportunities to circumvent these in future REDD mechanisms reviewed and promoted.
- Innovative best-practice guidance for local pro-poor REDD governance, finance and benefit sharing developed, applied, assessed and improved.
- Key stakeholder groups in target countries, including government, private sector, NGOs, forest dependant communities and women know and fully understand the governance requirements and benefit distribution options available to make post-2012 REDD initiatives pro-poor and have the capacity to convert this knowledge into policy and programmatic action.
- Key and relevant findings in the governance requirements and benefit distribution options available to make post-2012 REDD initiatives pro-poor are collected and prepared for feeding climate change negotiations at regional and international level.
MAINS ACTIVITIES The project will involve analytical, awareness raising, capacity building and communication activities. It will also seek to ensure strong policy-practice linkages by developing and testing governance and benefit sharing guidance alongside early REDD pilot activities.