REDD+ compensation packages in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam: Assessing the preferences of forest communities
Recent developments in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)have seen considerable attention given to what REDD+ can deliver in terms of 'compensation' to local actors. Whilst recognising the ongoing uncertainty around the size and source of such compensation or ‘benefits’, and also the importance of the possible ‘co-benefits’ of REDD+, many countries have begun discussions around the distribution methods used for potential cash and non-cash compensation.
This study presents the findings of work conducted by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in 2011–12. This work used an innovative approach to help inform local-level compensation models for possible future REDD+ activities in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. In particular, it presents the results of an extensive process of testing participatory approaches for compensation system design options. The participatory approach is designed around the idea that REDD+ actors will be most incentivised to participate in REDD+ if they are given appropriate opportunities to influence the decisions relating to how compensation may flow from REDD+.