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REDD plus , transformational change and the promise of performance-based payments: a qualitative comparative analysis

Maria Brockhaus, Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Jenniver Sehring, Monica Di Gregorio, Samuel Assembe-Mvondo, Andrea Babon, Melaku Bekele, Maria Fernanda Gebara, Dil Bahadur Khatri, Hermann Kambire, Felicien Kengoum, Demetrius Kweka, Mary Menton, Moira Moeliono, Naya Sharma Paudel, Thu Pham Thuy, Ida Aju Pradnja Resosudarmo, Almeida Sitoe, Sven Wunder, Mathurin Zida



Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) has emerged as a promising climate change mitigation mechanism in developing countries. This article examines the national political context in 13 REDD+ countries in order to identify the enabling conditions for achieving progress with the implementation of countries’ REDD+ policies and measures. The analysis builds on a qualitative comparative analysis of various countries’ progress with REDD+ conducted in 12 REDD+ countries in 2012, which highlighted the importance of factors such as already initiated policy change, and the presence of coalitions calling for broader policy change. A follow-up survey in 2014 was considered..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work is part of the policy component of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+), and was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Global Development (CGD) and their initiative on tropical forests and climate change. The authors of this paper are grateful for the research efforts, expertise and inputs of the many other partners and individuals involved in the collection of the data on which we have drawn, in particular in the countries that are part of the analysis. The assessment for the case of Guyana was facilitated by the Iwokrama International Centre and is based on inputs from a range of national-level stakeholders provided during a workshop on 30 April 2014, held at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC). Participants included representatives from the President's Office of Climate Change, the Ministry of Geology and Mining, the National Toshaos Council and WWF. We are very thankful to Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch for their contributions throughout the research and writing. We would like to thank all anonymous reviewers for their excellent inputs and insightful comments that helped us to improve earlier versions of this paper. Special thanks go to Christine Wairata and Bimo Dwisatrio for their support in preparing this paper. Funding was provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; the Australian Agency for International Development; the European Union; the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); the United Kingdom Department for International Development; and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.