Keeping REDD++ Clean: A Step-By-Step Guide To Preventing Corruption

October 26th, 2012

Transparency International today launched Keeping REDD+ clean – a step-by-step guide to guarding REDD+ against corruption, before it sets in.

Many of the world’s most densely forested countries have a poor track record for corruption. Politicians have been known to accept bribes – sometimes huge – to grant companies access to forest zones that should be protected. Meanwhile, some local communities have been forcefully removed from their homes in order to clear the way for forest exploitation, or have been coerced into selling their land for a fraction of its value.

REDD+ will inherit many of the corruption risks that have long beset the forestry sector, but it also brings with it new ones. Carbon is intangible, and so difficult to quantify. This opens the door to mistakes or manipulation – both of data and of people. Given the remoteness of REDD+ sites there may be no easy way of knowing whether a project on the voluntary carbon market is authentic or bogus. And forest communities may be marginalised from decision-making and profits.

At this critical stage in policy development Keeping REDD+ clean walks users through how to identify risks in REDD+ countries and find solutions. The book is already being used by our national chapters in IndonesiaPapua New Guinea and Vietnam.

You can read more about the report here.

Written by EJ Fagan

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