REDD at the crossroads? The opportunities and challenges of REDD for conservation and human welfare in South West Uganda

Twongyirwe, Ronald; Sheil, Douglas; Sandbrook, Chris G. and Sandbrook, Lindsey C. (2015). REDD at the crossroads? The opportunities and challenges of REDD for conservation and human welfare in South West Uganda. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 14(3) p. 273.



Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in the tropics could slow climate change while contributing to biodiversity conservation and to improvement of people’s livelihoods. In this study we assessed the opportunities and challenges of implementing REDD in South West (SW) Uganda. We consulted key stakeholders and reviewed regional literature particularly focusing on the opportunities for conservation and human welfare benefits. We structured our study using the Simpson and Vira (2010) framework for assessing policy interventions. The leading drivers of forest loss and degradation include escalating timber trade, fuel-wood extraction and agricultural expansion. Generally, local stakeholders had limited awareness of REDD, and local expectations appeared un-realistically high. Mechanisms for allocating and administering REDD payments remained unknown. However, Civil Society Organisations appeared the most popular option to manage REDD funding as government agencies had limited credibility. For REDD to succeed, the challenges we have highlighted will need to be addressed: key to success will be improvements in foundational knowledge, enabling institutions and social conditions. Our results have implications for potential REDD activities around the world which face similar challenges.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 59329
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1474-6778
  • Keywords
  • REDD; governance; biodiversity conservation; climate change; forests; Uganda; human welfare; emissions reduction; deforestation; forest degradation; policy interventions; timber trade; wood fuel extraction; agricultural expansion; coordination; corruption; land tenure; payment administration
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Depositing User
  • Lindsey Sandbrook