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Making REDD+ work for communities and forests: three shared lessons for project designers

Steve Ball, Jasper Makala

Report/paper, 24 pages

In this issue of Gatekeeper read how the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI) in southeastern Tanzania successfully involved communities in participatory forest management, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and REDD+.

Steve Ball and Jasper Makala offer their experience and share three lessons: why you should start with quick and dirty calculations on what drives deforestation; why you need to design ‘backwards’ from REDD+ market requirements; and how you can deal with some of the challenges of introducing to communities the commercial element (carbon contracts) necessary for REDD+.

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