Sharing the Benefits of REDD+: Lessons from the Field

This report presented by The Nature Conservancy includes case studies of 10 existing natural resource management and benefit sharing programs. It identified the 5 key factors that must be considered when designing any successful natural resource management program and drew lessons for REDD+.

Arlington, 27 November 2012: In the context of REDD+, discussions about "benefit sharing" often focus on distributing revenue from monetizing emissions reductions. There is a broad opportunity, however, to create benefits from upfront programmatic investments—in, for example, sustainable livelihoods; improvements in governance, security, and other elements important for human well-being; as well as ex-post, or performance-based, payments for demonstrated success.
This report examines the full set of opportunities to generate benefits through all phases of developing, demonstrating and implementing a REDD+ program. Further, it examines how actors' interests at all levels can be aligned – from individual landholders to private firms to state and federal governments.

The report gives answers to the following questions:
In the near-term, most funding for REDD+ will come from the public sector and will focus on building readiness, piloting key policies and measures, and demonstrating how REDD+ will work on the ground. These upfront investments in REDD+ can deliver real, meaningful benefits, such as securing stakeholders' access to resources and land, empowering communities to participate in land-use decisions, creating new "green” enterprises that are economically sustainable, and shifting towards low-carbon practices in existing industries. These benefits are real and measurable, and are independent from any performance-based payments from measuring emissions reductions that may come once a program is fully implemented.

Download the publication here.

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