Isilda Nhantumbo's blog posts
On a cold day in Warsaw last year, governments from around the world reached an agreement with far reaching implications for the world's forests, especially those in the tropics and subtropics. After several years of negotiations they agreed a framework — called REDD+ — to compensate developing nations for avoiding deforestation. So what's next? This month, IIED hosted a two-day conference to answer that question.
Weak engagement with businesses that operate in forest landscapes and a lack of clarity about who has rights to the carbon in trees are among the problems facing private-sector REDD+ projects, says Isilda Nhantumbo.
As developing countries act to protect their forests in return for compensation from industrialised nations, their strategies will affect men and women in different ways. Value chain analysis that links commodities that drive deforestation with gender offers great opportunities to designing REDD+ delivery models that capitalise on advantages of different actors, says Isilda Nhantumbo.
Investing in sustainable local enterprises could help REDD+ secure projects' long term financial viability — that was the feeling emerging in discussions at IIED and partners' REDD+ workshop at the COP18 climate talks in Doha.
“The government took our forest land to create a forest reserve and the same government confiscated our land for planting trees. All that is left is unproductive savannah,” said a community representative speaking during a meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.