UN-REDD Highlights Tenure as a Success Factor for REDD+
At a recent global meeting in Rome, forest experts and stakeholders agreed that securing tenure for indigenous peoples and local communities is one of the most crucial issues to be solved in the sustainable management of forests.
More than 60 participants from UN-REDD Programme partner countries, civil society and international institutions gathered in Rome last month for an expert meeting on Tenure of Land and Forests under REDD+. The meeting, organized by the UN-REDD Programme team at FAO helped to foster agreement among participants that REDD+ provides an opportunity to achieve sustainable forest management and mitigation action and gives momentum for renewed interest in supporting local communities and indigenous peoples to regulate tenure.
|Participants of the recent global meeting in Rome on tenure of land and forests under REDD+
The key outcomes of the expert meeting, which took place 25-27 February at FAO headquarters, showed that REDD+ is seen as a catalyst for sustainable forest and land management, and that, in addition to emissions reduction, multiple benefits of forest need to be considered. The expert group agreed that REDD+ implementation will benefit from a broad approach to govern and secure forest, land and natural resources tenure rights. This will require reviewing and improving existing legal frameworks for land and forest tenure and recognizing customary rights of local communities.
The meeting identified three areas for improvement:
- Reform of the legislative framework of tenure and national land-use plans as well as institutional development of tenure administration and capacity building;
- Establishment of benefit sharing systems, transparency and compliance with existing and emerging laws and regulations;
- Effective participation of stakeholders, particularly local communities as well as enhanced communication and cooperation between global, national and local levels.
Sounds carbon rights require secure tenure and participants agreed that the impact of carbon rights on benefit sharing systems for local communities and indigenous peoples needs to be taken into consideration.
In this regard, participants called for programmatic approaches instead of project interventions in selected sites to build the momentum for REDD+ to address sustainable forest management and climate mitigation action within one consolidated approach.
Since tenure work under REDD+ is seen as a broader and in-depth process of improving rights and responsibilities, accountability and the fight against corruption, participants concluded that the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests of the Committee on World Food Security of FAO will play an important role in framing and informing the work on tenure under REDD+.
A full report of the meeting will be posted soon on the UN-REDD Programme website.