The political economy of Readiness for REDD

The emergence of payments and other economically relevant incentives for ecosystem services in recent years has increased the scope of options for managing natural resources, especially forests (van Noordwijk et al., 2012). Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus sustainable management of forests, conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) through economic incentives has been under negotiation within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for over nine years. REDD+ is an evolving mechanism that aims at making forests more profitable standing rather than destroyed, by rewarding governments, individuals, and forest managers in developing countries for keeping or restoring forests. The REDD+ mechanism has evolved from reducing emissions from deforestation (RED) to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), to the present-day REDD+, which goes beyond REDD to include ‘reducing emissions from deforestation’, ‘reducing emissions from degradation’, ‘conservation of forest carbon stocks’, ‘sustainable management of forests’, and ‘enhancement of carbon stocks’ (UNFCCC, 2010). Given that REDD+ is a new phenomenon, countries have also been engaged in technical, policy, and institutional preparations (‘Readiness’) to implement any agreed mechanism. This article introduces a special issue on the political economy of Readiness for REDD+.

and van Noordwijk, M., The political economy of Readiness for REDD, Climate Policy, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 677-684, 2014.

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Journal Details
Climate Policy
Volume 14, Pages 677-684
Date Published: 12/2014