What is REDD-net?
REDD-net works to promote and enable pro-poor REDD+ policies and programmes. Through a network of partnerships in civil society, government, the private sector and research organisations, REDD-net fills knowledge gaps on core issues affecting the implementation of REDD+ policies and links national, regional and international research and knowledge to catalyse innovation.
REDD-net works with local stakeholders to challenge barriers to participation in national and international REDD+ policy-making, through research, knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Why is REDD-net needed?
The power of interests surrounding climate change and REDD+, means that, even where governments are well-disposed, pursuing a pro-poor agenda will largely depend on the capacity of southern NGOs to make use of new knowledge to champion the interests of the poor. Three overarching problems that have emerged in the current REDD+ debate have made it difficult to pursue a pro-poor agenda:
1. The need for information: REDD+ is a very knowledge-intensive field, with expertise located far from forest dependent communities.
2. The need for attention to the social and equity agenda: Whilst expectations are being raised about the ‘co-benefits’ of REDD+, policy development has focused on scientific and technical matters, with less attention given to social and equity issues.
3. Keeping track with the pace of change: High international concern about climate change means that REDD+ policy and pilot developments are particularly fast-paced. Southern NGOs need to keep ahead of the debate in order to ensure that the needs of the poor are fully taken into account.
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