Indonesia forest landscape by CIFOR on Flickr.

Sharing the benefits

26 May 2013

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Luca Tacconi is Professor in environmental governance and Director of the Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance and Director of the Environment and Development Program. His research focuses on the economic, political, and social factors that drive environmental change and their implications for rural livelihoods and poverty.

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How to fairly share and redistribute the money generated from reducing deforestation in Indonesia will be the subject of a new four-year $1.6 million research project to be led by Crawford School’s Professor Luca Tacconi.

The project – Enhancing smallholder benefits from reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia – is financed through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

It aims to look at what to do with the wealth that could be generated from the implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme agreed at the 2010 Cancun meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

REDD+ has been consistently promoted by Indonesia, and the country stands to gain much from its implementation. Despite that, significant questions remain about how this wealth might be distributed to ensure the benefits are shared equitably to smallholders.

“A previous project established that the current regulatory framework already allows for the devolution of control over forests to communities both in areas where communities claim customary rights to forests, as well as where they do not have those rights,” said Tacconi, who directs the Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance.

“This project will look at what mechanisms are needed to share the money flowing from reduced deforestation in Indonesia. This could include designing appropriate payments for ecosystem services, or encouraging private sector involvement in benefit sharing mechanisms. All these options will be explored as part of the research project.”

The project will be undertaken in partnership with the Indonesian Forestry Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Forestry, the University of Indonesia and the provinces of Riau, Papua and Central Kalimantan, as well as Griffith University in Australia.

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