It can be done: practical lessons from countries that have stopped deforestation and increased their forest area
Reports on insufficient efforts to curb high deforestation rates in the wake of stalled international negotiations on how to reverse the trend mostly spell a bleak future climate for developing countries. That is why The Greener Side of REDD+: Lessons for REDD+ from Countries where Forest Area Is Increasing report by The Rights Resources Institute (RRI) makes for a great read and an incredible resource.
The report sends out a clear positive message that the trend can be reversed and not only explains what needs to be done to increase forest area, but also goes ahead to practically show how this can be done using examples from countries that have increased their forest areas in recent years.
Lessons that ring true for all the countries profiled in the report are that high level government commitment to increasing a country’s forest area accompanied by conducive policy/ governance reforms that promote security of tenure, giving more rights and ownership of forests to communities are a pre-requisite.Time is an underlying factor as the level of success will be determined by how fast action is taken, and the good thing is that these action points are largely within the ability of most developing countries to implement.