REDD and Communities Task Force calls for case studies on ICCAs and the “underlying causes of forest conservation”

21 May 2010 | News story


The REDD and Communities Task Force of CEESP and the Global Forest Coalition have started a new initiative to map, document and promote successful examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-driven forest conservation and restoration, and the incentive systems and policy frameworks that have made them work.

The purpose is to promote appropriate incentive systems and policy frameworks to support Indigenous territories and community conserved areas (ICCAs), including within the scope of policies to reduce deforestation as a climate change mitigation strategy.

As a first step, the task force has called upon CEESP members to send examples of successful ICCAs, and information on the incentive systems and other factors that have made these initiatives a success. The aim is to come to an analysis of the so-called “underlying causes of forest conservation and restoration”, that is, the factors that have played a key role in motivating communities to conserve and/or restore their forests, instead of destroying them.

While economic factors have certainly played a role in many ICCAs, there has been a tendency, especially within the negotiations on REDD (reducing emissions of deforestation and forest degradation) to overlook non-economic incentives to conserve and restore forests and other ecosystems. Such non-economic incentives include clear recognition of land rights and traditional practices, community self-esteem, and cultural and communal value systems. By gathering and dissemination information on what really has made ICCAs into a success, the task force will be able to analyze what policy frameworks and incentive systems have proven to be most appropriate and effective in supporting ICCAs. This analysis will be published in a report that will be published at the 10 th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity in October 2010 and the 16 th Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2010.

Initial information gathering and analysis on the root causes of forest conservation has already started by local GFC partner groups in Uganda, Tanzania, Colombia, Panama, India, Nepal and Brazil. Groups in these countries will also organize one or more local workshops with community leaders to gather their views on what they see as appropriate incentives and policy frameworks for community conservation. For more information on these initiatives, please contact Simone Lovera (see below)

The task force very much hopes that CEESP members will be willing to share more case studies and information, especially from other countries.

Please send your information to Simone Lovera at simonelovera@yahoo.com


View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests