When Amazonian communities in Peru conserve their forests, they recognize both economic and non-monetary benefits, researchers have found. But they need the support of government authorities to ensure that those benefits are not undercut by the encroachment of deforestation from illegal logging, mining or other activities.
How do villagers value programs for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)?
Researchers from Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), a Lima-based non-profit organization, are asking that question as part of a comparative study that seeks to understand the risks related to REDD+ benefit-sharing, and how country-level REDD+ safeguards could mitigate those risks.
The study, coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), is also being carried out in Indonesia and Burkina Faso to learn lessons from different contexts.
In Peru, the researchers found, the answer varies depending on the community and the type of forest conservation program.