Will REDD+ create or diminish conflicts over land?

How REDD+ will impact peace and security is addressed in a new report by students from the London School of Economics.

As a REDD Monitor website story outlines, for REDD+ to be effective and equitable relies on large areas of land with clear tenure arrangements. In many developing countries, conflicts exist over land ownership and communities are excluded from land use decisions.

Missing the Poorest for the Trees? REDD+ and the Links between Forestry, Resilience and Peacebuilding shows how the vast majority of conflicts related to forests take place at the village level. Companies involved in logging, agroforestry or other forest-related activities can be exposed to this conflict or even exacerbate it; sometimes proving costly and damaging to their reputation.

There are significant implications for REDD+. Companies place themselves at financial risk when entering into projects with insecure land rights. If REDD+ can increase the value of forests, even where land tenure is secure there are risks that ill-informed or corrupt local leaders could sign away land rights.

The new report includes case studies from Indonesia, Brazil and Uganda; all of which have serious issues in relation to land tenure and land conflict.

Read the full story: Missing the Poorest for the Trees?