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Using Accountability

Why REDD+ Needs To Be More Than An Economic Incentive

This issue brief explores the complicated realities of how accountability tools functioned in land-use planning, zoning, and permitting processes in a pair of case studies from Brazil and Indonesia and draws lessons for government or civil society designers of REDD+ programs.

One case study focuses on how presidential decrees on land zoning are helping oversight actors achieve political accountability in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The other examines the role of the Indonesian primary forest and peat land conversion moratorium on the oil palm permitting process.

Key Findings

Executive Summary

The global effort to save forests in developing countries, known as “REDD+,” would benefit from a set of tools that hold governments to account for their commitments. These accountability tools need to be integrated into national REDD+ programs.

A set of accountability tools affecting the reputational, financial, and legal interests of the government at the national and subnational levels would enable oversight institutions, individuals, and civil society to hold governments to account for the objectives that REDD+ programs hope to achieve. In particular, oversight actors need accountability tools to uphold social and environmental objectives beyond emission reductions in order to change the status quo required to achieve REDD+.

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