Many of the drivers of deforestation are linked to economic interests both inside and outside the forest sector.
Therefore, in order to be effective, REDD+ needs to be linked into wider low carbon development strategies, which take into account processes and incentives in other sectors such as agriculture and energy. This could have major implications in terms of how to ensure coordination between sectors.
The impact of low carbon development strategies are also important for the equity implications of REDD+, which will need to be understood more broadly to consider impacts not just on those who live in or near forests.
In some cases, there may be potential opportunities to link REDD+ and broader low carbon development strategies. For example, ‘green’ economic recovery packages that aim to increase employment in the forest sector, slowing down deforestation and degradation that would have taken place in the absence of employment; and augmenting carbon sequestration through increased tree planting and improved management of forests.
A selection of resources on REDD+ and low carbon development can be found in our featured resources below, and will be updated as country updates and analysis become available.
Image: Tran Thi Hoa, World Bank