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MdM SEMINAR SERIES - "The mixed success of REDD+: Why?"

Date: 2017-09-28

Title: "The mixed success of REDD+: Why?"

Speaker: Prof. Arild Angelsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences & Senior Associate, CIFOR, Indonesia.

Date: Thursday, September 28th 2017
Time: 12h
Venue: Romm Z/22- Z/023


Abstract
Emissions from tropical forests is responsible for more than 1/10 of global GHG emissions, thus Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is essential to achieve the 2 degree target. When launched with great expectations 10 years ago as a “quick and cheap” solution, REDD+ was envisioned as a multilevel Payment for Environmental Services (PES) system and as integral to a global cap-and-trade carbon market. This historic vision no longer represents reality. REDD+ should now be viewed as an umbrella term for a set of diverse policies and initiatives aimed to reduce forest emissions and with some elements of performance-based payment.
While REDD+ has delivered on some fronts (monitoring, agenda setting, policy changes), the evidence for tangible results on the ground is generally missing. Why? I will critically review four explanations: (i) REDD+ is a good idea, but has not - due to financial constraints and political will – been implemented at the scale needed to make a difference; (ii) REDD+ has evolved – due to both technical and institutional challenges as well as misguided critique of PES and carbon markets – from the initial PES vision to a modified version of previous and largely ineffective conservation efforts; (iii) REDD+ has been blocked effectively by powerful actors interested in continued forest exploitation; and (iv) REDD+ is conceptually flawed in its design as a PES and reliance on carbon markets. The presentation will also review alternatives to REDD+, from conventional (but quite effective) “park and fence” conservation, to more recent supply chain and “zero deforestation” initiatives involving consumers and the private business sector.

Biography
Arild Angelsen is a professor at the School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and a Senior Associate of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia. He has over the past two decades done extensive research and published on causes of tropical deforestation, and its interaction with poverty, tenure and government policies. Recent work deals with how efforts to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) can be included in a global climate regime, and the national strategies and policies needed to achieve REDD+. He has edited three REDD+ books that have become standard references in the debate. Angelsen was global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research programme collecting detailed information from 8 000 households in 24 developing countries on forest uses and management. Recent work uses field experiments to study human behaviour and the impact of policy interventions for sustainable resource use. 

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