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Applying three dimensions of equity to REDD+

Andrea Quesada-​Aguilar, Phil Franks

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

REDD+ strives to be equitable, but often focuses on only part of the picture, so that even apparently-strong strategies (for example those with strong provisions on benefit sharing and tenure), may be less equitable on closer inspection. Yet people’s perceptions and many national policies reveal more nuanced thinking on equity. Achieving greater equity in REDD+ needs attention to three dimensions: recognition (of rights, knowledge and institutions), procedure (inclusive decision-making) and distribution (of benefits and costs). The right choices will be context specific and the process of making these choices should engage key stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, local communities, women, elders and youth.

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