Dr. Jesse Ribot Works with REDD+ to "Reshape Peoples' Entitlements to Land and Resources" in Senegal, and Worldwide

Posted on 01/15/2016 | Matt Cohn
Professor Jesse Ribot and his colleage Anne Larson at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have worked to increase cooperation with and involvement of local populations in important ecological and resource decisions made on their land. Programs such as Reduced Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) are meant to protect local ecological interests; however, according a new paper published by Ribot and Larson, "[i]n spite of reforms since the end of the colonial period and more-recent discourses of participation and democracy, the forestry policy environment rarely supports the needs or aspirations of rural communities. Even when policies appear fair, the rural poor face severe biases in implementation."

Further discussion of REDD+ can be found here: Will REDD+ undermine democracy or transform it?

The paper "Reducing REDD Risks: Affirmative Policy on an uneven playing field" was published by The International Journal of the Commons; the abstract and full paper can be found at CIFOR's website.