Assessing sustainable forest management under REDD+: a community-based labour perspective

Bottazzi, Patrick; Cattaneo, Andrea; Rocha, David Crespo; Rist, Stephan (2013). Assessing sustainable forest management under REDD+: a community-based labour perspective. Ecological economics, 93, pp. 94-103. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.05.003

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Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus (REDD+) encourages economic support for reducing deforestation and conserving or increasing existing forest carbon stocks. The way in which incentives are structured affects trade-offs between local livelihoods, carbon emission reduction, and the cost-effectiveness of a REDD + programme. Looking at first-hand empirical data from 208 farming households in the Bolivian Amazon froma household economy perspective, our study explores two policy options: 1) compensated reduction of emissions fromold-growth forest clearing for agriculture, and 2) direct payments for labour input into sustainable forest anagement combined with a commitment not to clear old-growth forest. Our results indicate that direct payments for sustainable forest management – an approach that focuses on valuing farmers' labour input – can be more cost-effective than compensated reduction and in some cases is themost appropriate choice for achieving improved household incomes, permanence of changes, avoidance of leakages, and community-based institutional enforcement for sustainable forest management.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)

UniBE Contributor:

Bottazzi, Patrick and Rist, Stephan

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0921-8009

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2014 08:12

Last Modified:

20 Apr 2018 11:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.05.003

Uncontrolled Keywords:

REDD +, Deforestation, Sustainable forest management, Amazon, Labour input, Bolivia

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.47799

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/47799

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