Successful Implementation of REDD+ Payments Hinges on Tenure Rights for Communities

CIFOR’s Forests News blog talks about the importance of recognizing community right to forests in order to promote accountability and clarify who should receive any benefits from REDD+ payments. The challenge of recognizing and enforcing community resource rights, which typically include overlapping property rights within forests, is discussed in this new CIFOR book (see chapter 9 “Tenure Matters in REDD+”) – the basis for a presentation by chapter author Anne Larson at the recent Rio +20 meetings. Although, as the blog points out, this is a particularly complex area, technologies and tools such as the social tenure domain model may increasingly help capture the intricate web of property relations that exists in many countries.