Publication - Collective tenure rights for REDD+ implementation and sustainable development
Collective tenure rights for REDD+ implementation and sustainable development
Secure collective tenure rights provide an important measure of resilience. Communities that have secured long term tenure rights are better able to invest in land-based activities - for example agroforestry or reforestation initiatives - aimed to ensure food-security, enhance livelihoods and stimulate the local economy. These communities are better equipped to resist external threats to forests such as illegal logging and land grabs brought about by competition for resources. Moreover, communities and indigenous peoples that are collectively managing forests are also making a huge and often unrecognized contribution to mitigating climate change, potentially the greatest threat to our planet’s long-term health and well-being. This technical paper emphasizes the opportunity that REDD+ and the global climate agenda represents for countries to engage more actively in securing land and resource rights for indigenous peoples and local communities. At the same time, it stresses how collective tenure rights represent a key element to achieve long-lasting and successful results for REDD+, contributing to addressing global climate change.