How enhanced multi-stakeholder processes can ensure REDD-plus works for vulnerable communities.
IUCN has published a brochure on the contributions that enhanced multi-stakeholder dialogues can make to more effective and equitable REDD-plus planning.
REDD-plus offers major opportunities to turn around tropical deforestation and degradation, but if not designed well, implementation can result in direct and significant harm to marginalized, forest dependent groups.
A wealth of experience tells us that forests can only be effectively protected if the needs and rights of people that depend on them are actively and fairly addressed.
However, processes intended to ensure consultation and involvement of these groups in decisions about forests have a poor track record and fail to address rural communities’ interests and concerns adequately.
Pro-poor approaches for REDD-plus aim to turn around that trend by encouraging an early and sustained focus on the needs of marginalised groups such as indigenous peoples, women and other forest-dependent communities. Greater attention is needed to make REDD-plus pro-poor so that REDD-plus will not reinforce inequities and exclusion of the past.
Drawing on the work of IUCN and its members across Asia, Africa and Central America, this publication aims to explain why multi-stakeholder processes need to be given more emphasis during the REDD-plus readiness phase and how they can be enhanced to provide new insights into how REDD-plus can be more effective and equitable.