Equity in forests and REDD+: An analysis of equity challenges as viewed by forestry decision-makers and practitioners in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam

Equity in forests and REDD+: An analysis of equity challenges as viewed by forestry decision-makers and practitioners in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam

Considerable debate has developed in recent years over the potential of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) to either rectify or exacerbate social inequities in tropical forest countries. Despite agreement on the importance of equity issues in REDD+, few studies have considered differences in equity and equitable outcomes as understood at national and local levels, and related context specific barriers that frustrate the achievement of equitable outcomes. This paper surveys perceptions of REDD+ related challenges to equity and potential solutions of forestry decision-makers and practitioners in three Mekong countries, drawing on responses from two sets of workshops conducted at the national and subnational levels in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam over a two-year period from 2013 to 2015.

This report can also be downloaded from the RECOFTC website.

Release Date

November 2015

Other Authors

John Costenbader
with contributions from Paul Keenlyside and Jeremy Broadhead