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Governing the forests: an institutional analysis of REDD+ and community forest management in Asia

Global environmental policy-making involves many different interests, and it is, therefore, important to ensure that there are strong links between the actors involved at all policy-making levels. This report argues that forests provide one of the best spaces available to study the emergence of new modes of global environmental governance, of which REDD+ is considered to be the most interesting. The report presents a background on REDD+, explores ways to link REDD+ to community forestry, and provides lessons learned and recommendations. It explores three examples of community forest management from Bangladesh, India and Indonesia. In reviewing the case studies, the report concludes that local systems will be a key to the success of any global efforts for carbon payment schemes in developing countries. Linking community forestry and REDD+ can deliver multiple benefits from climate change mitigation and adaptation, livelihood development and strengthened sustainable forest management.