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REDD+ and Tenure: A Review of the Latest Developments in Research, Implementation and Public Policy Debates

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REDD+ and Tenure: A Review of the Latest Developments in Research, Implementation and Public Policy Debates

Four Focali members co-wrote chapter in the newly published book "Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa".

Focali researchers Lisa Westholm, Robin Biddulph, Ida Hellmark and Anders Ekbom have co-written the chapter "REDD+ and Tenure: A Review of the Latest Developments in Research, Implementation and Public Policy Debates". The chapter is a part of the book "Forest tenure reform in Asia and Africa: Local Control for Improved Livelihoods, Forest Management, and Carbon Sequestration".

Anders Ekbom also contributed to the chapter "Can strategic environmental and and social assessment of REDD+ improve forest governance?"

About the book:

Forest tenure reforms are occurring in many developing countries around the world. These reforms typically include devolution of forest lands to local people and communities, which has attracted a great deal of attention and interest. While the nature and level of devolution vary by country, all have potentially important implications for resource allocation, local ecosystem services, livelihoods and climate change.

This book helps students, researchers and professionals to understand the importance and implications of these reforms for local environmental quality, climate change, and the livelihoods of villagers, who are often poor. It is shown that local forest management can often be more successful than top-down management of common pool forest resources. The relationship of local forest tenure reform to the important climate change initiative REDD+ is also considered.

The work includes a number of generic chapters and also detailed case studies from China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda. Using specific examples and a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives, including quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, the book provides an authoritative and critical picture of local forest reforms in light of the key challenges humanity faces today.

Find the book here...

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