Governance key to reduce emissions from deforestation
A new report on ecosystem services, climate and forest was launched on World Environment Day 5 June. Commissioned by the Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, and carried out by the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Centre for International Forestry Research and the World Resources Institute, the report looks into how compensation for ecosystem services could contribute to Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD).
Important preconditions for success include supporting improved forest governance, land tenure and rights for forest dependent communities, as well as scaling up current small-scale experience with Payment for Ecosystem Services. Special measures needs to be introduced in implementation to ensure benefits for the poor.