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Workshop on forest governance, decentralization and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean

08/31/2010 00:00
09/03/2010 00:00
America/Sao Paulo

To be held in Oaxaca, Mexico, this country-led initiative is being organized by the Governments of Mexico and Switzerland in support of the UN Forum on Forests

The workshop themes are:

  • People, forest governance, and forests
  • Sustainable forest management, development, markets and forests
  • Rights, livelihoods and forests.

Several factors underscore the relevance of discussions on the relationships among sustainable forest management, forest governance, REDD+ and livelihoods. Forests in Latin America are home to millions of people who depend directly on forest resources for their livelihoods. Current deforestation rates and their external drivers deprive these people of essential resources. At the same time, poverty drives deforestation and forest degradation in many places: Poor communities change the way they use land to improve their lives. Forest policies and instruments can affect how REDD+ projects and their outcomes provide incentives for preservation of forests while reducing poverty.

The Oaxaca workshop will:

  • Identify trends, facilitate experience sharing and distil lessons learnt on SFM, forest governance and decentralisation and REDD+ and identify opportunities and threats to livelihoods and poor people
  • Contribute directly to the 9th session of the UN Forum on Forests
  • Inform discussions during the next UN climate change conference, COP16 in Mexico, and contribute to REDD+ design.