Enhancing REDD+ outcomes through improved governance of community forest user groups

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Poudyal, Bishnu Hari, Paudel, Govinda and Luintel, Harisharan. 2013. "Enhancing REDD+ outcomes through improved governance of community forest user groups." Journal of Forest and Livelihood. 11 (2), pp. 14-26.
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Enhancing REDD+ outcomes through improved governance of
community forest user groups

ERA Journal ID213244
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPoudyal, Bishnu Hari (Author), Paudel, Govinda (Author) and Luintel, Harisharan (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Forest and Livelihood
Journal Citation11 (2), pp. 14-26
Number of Pages13
Year2013
Place of PublicationKathmandu Nepal
ISSN1684-0186
Web Address (URL)https://www.recoftc.org/project/grassroots-capacity-building-redd/research-papers/enhancing-redd-outcomes-through-improved-governance-community-forestry-user-groups
Abstract

Since forests are both source and sink of carbon, scholars have suggested reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, including conservation and sustainable management of forest and enhancement of forest carbon stock (REDD+) to be part of climate negotiation. Studies have shown that forests can play a role in reducing emissions in a cheaper, quicker and effective way, while generating important co-benefits, including biodiversity conservation and watershed management. However, governance that shapes relations between different stakeholders at grassroots level has been shown to be a crucial issue in managing local forests in a way that sequester more carbon from, and emit less of it to, the atmosphere. The authors of this paper argue that the lessons gained at community forest user group (CFUG) level regarding forest governance could be useful in designing a REDD+ governance structure at grassroots level. For this, both positive lessons and challenges faced so far could be documented, analysed, synthesized and shared at broader level. REDD+, being an external intervention to local communities, can bring a range of challenges that influence the governance dynamics. However, if the programme is managed carefully, CFUGs are capacitated adequately and governed collaboratively, REDD+
may bring synergistic outcomes with existing community forestry at grassroots level, particularly by
bringing both environmental and livelihood benefits.

Keywordsinternal good governance; REDD+; CF; sustainable forest management
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410406. Natural resource management
410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsRegional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and Pacific, Nepal
ForestAction, Nepal
Portland State University, United States
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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