Readiness to Engage: Stakeholder Engagement Experiences for REDD+
USAID’s Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) program commissioned this study of stakeholder engagement in REDD+. It covers national, sub-national and nested engagement experiences, good practices and lessons learned.
It also gives feedback on how this engagement can be enhanced throughout REDD+ strategy and programming cycles.
The study found that REDD+ programs have often been challenged by a lack of transparency and accountability. Given that legacy, stakeholder engagement in REDD+ needs to incorporate human rights and sustainability principles.
Legal and policy frameworks for REDD+, it said, should be informed by participation rights as well as by international law and multilateral environmental agreements.
Stakeholder engagement is a means to achieve more sustainable policies, programs and projects that reflect their priorities, knowledge and ownership of implementation.
The study found that much more can be done by countries during REDD+ development and implementation to clarify how risks will be mitigated and benefits distributed, and how to share oversight and monitoring responsibilities. There is still very little systematic monitoring of stakeholder engagement experiences, lessons learned and promising practices for REDD+ processes by donors and others. Continued donor support for this engagement is critical.