Missing the poorest for the trees?

REDD+ and the links between forestry, resilience and peacebuilding

Summary:

This report examines how forestry projects under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) initiative affect pre-existing structures of power, economy, fairness, safety and wellbeing in Brazil, Indonesia and Uganda, and how they may exacerbate pre-existing conflicts over land and resources. The report also looks at how REDD+ funds could provide the opportunity to diversify livelihoods, encourage sustainable development and enhance the adaptive capacity of local populations in the face of a changing climate. The report is the outcome of the Humanitarian Consultancy Project, part of the MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.