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Is REDD+ working on the ground? Experiences from pilot projects in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Uganda (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)


This side-event presents experiences from a set of REDD+ pilots regarding: The strategies that have been used to introduce REDD+ on the ground; how people in the involved communities evaluate REDD+ and the process of introducing it; what the costs of establishing REDD+ have been; whether it is a pro-poor strategy and whether it reduces deforestation. The event takes place at the New Nordic Climate Solutions Pavilion - Section DEL2, Blue Zone, COP22.

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Brochure: REDD+ Piloting Processes and Impacts

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10.30 – 10.35   Opening by Marte Sendstad Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environ­ment/Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

10.35 – 10.50   REDD+ is more than ‘just’ stop cutting trees – overview of the pilots and strategies. By Prof. Arild Vatn (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

10.50 – 11.05   The challenge of participation: The process of establishing REDD+ in Tanzania pilots. By Prof. George Kajembe (Sokoine University of Agriculture)

11.05 – 11.20   Is REDD+ empowering communities – the case of a Uganda pilot. Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga (Makerere University)

11.20 – 11.35   The challenges of legal pluralism and weak political institutions – experiences from DRC. By PhD student Raymond Samndong (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

11.35 – 11.50   The costs of establishing REDD+. By Prof. Arild Vatn (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

11.50 – 12.00   Question session


12.00 – 13.15   Lunch break


13.15 – 13.35   Does REDD+ reduce deforestation and carbon emissions? Results from REDD+ pilots in Brazil and Tanzania. By Dr. Geofrey Soka (Sokoine University of Agriculture)

13.35 – 13.55   Is REDD+ pro-poor? Experiences from Brazil and Tanzania. By PhD student Maria Nantongo (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

13.55 – 14.00   Lessons learned. By Prof. Arild Vatn (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

14.00 – 14.45   Panel discussion: What can REDD+ pilots tell about the future direction of REDD+. Participants: Ingrid Aas Borge (Rainforest Foundation Norway); Glenn Bush (Woods Hole Research Center); Ann Larsson (Center for International Forestry Research); Richard S. Muyingi (Division of Environment - Vice President's Office, Tanzania); Marte Sendstad (Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environ­ment); Virgilio Viana (Fundação Amazonas Sustentável)

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Part 1

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Part 3