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Perceptions of Fairness and Efficiency of the REDD Value Chain: Methods and Results from Pilot Analyses in Indonesia and Peru

This policy brief examines the manner in which Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) pilot projects have been undertaken in Indonesia and Peru. The research data summarized within the brief was gathered using a method known as Fair and Efficient REDD Value Chain Allocation (FERVA). The FERVA analysis is used to capture the perceptions and expectations of REDD stakeholders at the preliminary stages of REDD initiatives; it also informs stakeholders of the different functions of the REDD value chain. The brief ends with a call for complementary research to focus on REDD value chain analysis; ideally, this would include an examination of the way in which time, cost, technical capacities and governance implications impact upon the different functions of the value chain. It is argued that research should also work towards establishing a minimum project threshold for local-level benefits, such as contributions to livelihoods.