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LARRI Seminar: Tenure in Climate Change Mitigation Strategies: the case of REDD+

Seminar with Professor Arild Angelsen: Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a hot topic in climate change negotiations and national climate strategies, and with hundreds of REDD+ projects on the ground. Tenure and land rights are among the critical issues in REDD+ implementation. Unclear and/or insecure forest tenure has been identified by many as an indirect driver of deforestation and forest degradation.

Clear and secure tenure is also vital to protect local communities from exclusion or even eviction from forest lands and provide them with greater influence in national REDD+ processes. This means that introducing a system to incentivize and compensate forest users for reduced emissions would need to assume that land rights have been defined and enforced. But, many policies can also be implemented without any tenure reforms, and the present discussed ‘no rights, no REDD+’ agenda can be misplaced. This seminar will focus on these various facets of tenure and how they can be approached in practice.

Arild Angelsen is Professor of economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and a Senior Associate of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia. He has edited several books on REDD+, including one to be launched at Rio+20 in June. Angelsen is also the global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research project on forest use and management.

The seminar is the second in a series of seminars organized by LARRI (Land Rights Research Initiative) and is organized in collaboration with Focali (Forest, climate and livelihood research network).

LARRI (Land Rights Research Initiative) is a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas and information as well as for promoting collaboration among researchers and students interested in land rights issues from a poverty and development perspective. The initiative is hosted by GCGD (Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development).

Focali is a Swedish research network focusing on forest / bio-energy, climate change and poverty issues. The purpose is to contribute to the provision of relevant knowledge to Sida and other Swedish authorities for effective use of forest operations to achieve climate-poverty targets. Focali also aim to increase the information flow between scientists, industry, government and civil society.

When: 7 June, 13:30-15:00
Where: School of Business, Economics and Law, Vasagatan 1, Room C 32
With: Arild Angelsen