Analysis of National Forest Programs for REDD+ Implementation in six South and Southeast Asia countries

Abrar J Mohammed, Makoto Inoue, Ganesh P Shivakoti, Tapan K Nath, Mohammed Jashimuddin, Mangala De Zoysa, Hari Kaskoyo, Juan M Pulhin, Rose J Peras


Aim of study: To facilitate REDD+ implementation and identify relevant attributes for robust REDD+ policies, this study evaluated and synthesized information from national forest programs in South and Southeast Asian countries.

Area of study: Data was collected from six countries: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Philippines, India and Thailand.

Methods: The data sources for the evaluation was an in-depth desk review of relevant documents and focus group discussion among experts from each study country.  

Main Results: We found out that diverse factors may influence program feasibility and the ability to achieve ‘triple benefits’: the nature of the forest targeted by the policy, the characteristics of the population affected by the policy, attributes of the policy instrument and the different actors involved.

Research highlights: We argue that national policies and programs targeted for REDD+ implementation should focus on the identified features to achieve REDD+ goals.

Keywords: policy evaluation; policy instruments; triple benefits; Southeast Asia.

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DOI: 10.5424/fs/2016252-08801