Rights-based and livelihoods-oriented approaches are effective entry points to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) .
Simply put... REDD+ is achieved through clarifying rights, enhancing livelihoods and promoting equitable governance.
IUCN focuses on the integration of rights-based approaches as the foundation of climate change mitigation and forest management strategies.
How we approach REDD+ is highlighted in seven country examples below.
Case #1 ─ MOBILISING PARTNERSHIPS to ADVANCE REDD+ FOREST GOVERNANCE
In Cameroon, partnerships were mobilised through synergies between IUCN, government, civil society and key forest governance initiatives, and became effective mechanisms to streamline and scale-up support for rights-based approaches to REDD+.
By working through an existing initiative in Ghana, Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) provided the ideal entry point to advance rights-based approaches to REDD+ implementation.
Since 2014 in Guatemala, IUCN and partners have made gender a priority by working with a wide range of local and national stakeholders to support the design of a gender roadmap for REDD+, which aims to incorporate gender considerations as early as possible in the design of the national REDD+ strategy.
In Indonesia's Papua and West Papua Provinces, IUCN and partners link with existing local forest management units to play an important role in advancing rights-based approaches to REDD+, sustainable forest management, national climate plans, forest tenure reforms and the country’s green growth strategy.
In Mexico, efforts to understand the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and advance rights-based REDD+ benefit sharing arrangements in the states of the Yucatan Peninsula provide valuable contributions to informing national REDD+ strategy.
In Uganda, livelihood-enhancing initiatives in the Mount Elgon and Agoro Agu landscapes are offering innovative, rights-based incentives for communities to engage in REDD+.