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Institutional dimensions of the developing REDD+ process in Cameroon

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  • Serge Ngendakumana
  • Peter A. Minang
  • Mireille Feudjio
  • Stijn Speelman
  • Patrick Van Damme
  • Zacharie Tchoundjeu

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The reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) initiative has emerged in recent years as a mechanism to simultaneously address climate change, biodiversity, and poverty reduction challenges at the margins of tropical forests. Congo Basin countries, including Cameroon, have embraced the opportunities that REDD+ provides, with great expectations. Yet, it needs to be investigated whether the enabling institutional environment, which is required for implementing REDD+, is present. Understanding is still limited on how to build adequate and strong institutional relations that could shape the reforms towards the establishment of efficient emissions reductions schemes. Furthermore, uncertainty remains on the operational mechanisms of REDD+, suggesting that, to catalyse effectiveness, there is a need to come up with a governance model nested in relevant policy frameworks. This study builds on a modified '4Is' framework - Institutions, Interests, Ideas and Information - to analyse REDD+ and explore stakeholders' perceptions on the local forest governance potential. A structural implementation model to optimize the effectiveness of REDD+ is developed. Findings suggest that governments need to review existing policies to take into account participation, local people rights, and information access as a way to stimulate actors' willingness to contribute to emissions reductions and carbon stock increases under REDD+ regimes.

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  • Serge Ngendakumana & Peter A. Minang & Mireille Feudjio & Stijn Speelman & Patrick Van Damme & Zacharie Tchoundjeu, 2014. "Institutional dimensions of the developing REDD+ process in Cameroon," Climate Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(6), pages 769-787, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:tcpoxx:v:14:y:2014:i:6:p:769-787
    DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2014.877221
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