In national REDD+ policy networks, a bit of conflict is not a bad thing

15 December 2014

BOGOR, Indonesia—A balance between cooperation and conflict is one recipe for success in REDD+ moving forward, according to a global study of several countries designing or implementing REDD+ strategies.

The Global Comparative Study of REDD+ is under way in 14 tropical forest countries around the world, with REDD+ policy networks being studied in nine of those. A series of comparative analyses in a subset of seven countries has recently been published in a special issue of the journal Ecology and Society.

The need for some measure of conflict “was somewhat of a surprise—we thought that in countries where there is harmony between stakeholders, there would be easy REDD+ decision making,” said Maria Brockhaus, a senior scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) who leads the institute’s research on countries’ REDD+ policy networks.

“But in fact, the countries with strong civil society groups and different actors to counteract the main powers showed the best outcomes,” she said.

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