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Linking Forest Tenure Reform, Environmental Compliance, and Incentives: Lessons from REDD+ Initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon

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  • Duchelle, Amy E.
  • Cromberg, Marina
  • Gebara, Maria Fernanda
  • Guerra, Raissa
  • Melo, Tadeu
  • Larson, Anne
  • Cronkleton, Peter
  • Börner, Jan
  • Sills, Erin
  • Wunder, Sven
  • Bauch, Simone
  • May, Peter
  • Selaya, Galia
  • Sunderlin, William D.

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Pervasive tenure insecurity in developing countries is a key challenge for REDD+. Brazil, a leader in REDD+, has advanced efforts to link forest tenure reform and environmental compliance. We describe how these policies have shaped sub-national interventions with detailed data on land tenure and livelihoods in four REDD+ pilot sites in the Brazilian Amazon. Despite different local contexts, REDD+ proponents have converged on a similar strategy of collaborating with government agencies to clarify tenure and pave the way for a mix of regulatory enforcement and incentive-based REDD+ mechanisms. This polycentric governance model holds promise for effective and equitable REDD+ implementation.

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  • Duchelle, Amy E. & Cromberg, Marina & Gebara, Maria Fernanda & Guerra, Raissa & Melo, Tadeu & Larson, Anne & Cronkleton, Peter & Börner, Jan & Sills, Erin & Wunder, Sven & Bauch, Simone & May, Peter &, 2014. "Linking Forest Tenure Reform, Environmental Compliance, and Incentives: Lessons from REDD+ Initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 53-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:55:y:2014:i:c:p:53-67
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.014
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