Making REDD work – CIFOR story doesn’t dodge the difficult questions

1 August, 2011 by (comments)

If you remember the series of photos I shot in the Amazon back in April, you’ll probably be interested in this article – just published on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Green website.

The pictures were to accompany a project by CIAT’s CGIAR sister center CIFOR (International Center for Forestry Research), to document the ongoing efforts to implement the concept of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

REDD has become a central pillar of the global effort to protect the world’s rainforests.

But it can be a bit of a slippery subject. It involves a fund paid into by richer countries, which will be used to pay communities who live in the rainforests to conserve and protect the tress, instead of cutting them down.

Making REDD work presents numerous challenges – how much should the payment be? Will it be effective? How will the conditions of the payment be enforced? How will it affect life in local communities?

Today’s piece in the Huffington Post comes from a blog article by our extremely capable CIFOR colleague Dan Cooney, which really gets stuck into the difficult questions, helping to raise awareness of the work to get REDD established, and the challenges involved.

Oh, and there are some nice pictures to accompany it too.


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