Workshop programme: What does it take to achieve pro-poor REDD+?
IIED will be hosting a workshop alongside the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18). This programme gives details of the workshop, which will be looking at options for pro-poor REDD+.
National approaches to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) are currently favoured as a way of scaling up projects and of cutting down on project management costs and minimising financial spending. But they also raise challenges for ensuring the equitable distribution of costs and benefits. There are many concerns about how REDD+ will play out nationally and locally, with fears that it will lead to elite capture, corrupt practices and exclusion of weaker or vulnerable groups, such as women, landless, migrants in the communities.
The workshop will also examine how and to what extent REDD+ governance can go beyond ‘doing no harm’ to improving the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. It will also aim to answer what contribution bottom-up approaches can make to ensuring a more equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of REDD+?