REDD+ and community-controlled forests in low-income countries: any hope for a linkage?
This paper examines opportunities and complications associated with bringing community-controlled forests into REDD+. It considers concerns related to insecure and poorly defined community forest tenure, as well as those related to the risk that REDD+ could destabilise existing well-functioning community forestry systems. It identifies community and household level responses to REDD+ mechanisms as a critical research gap. The report is relevant for decision-makers at all levels involved in the design of local REDD+ governance and benefit sharing mechanisms and contracts.