Post-conflict transition and REDD+ in Colombia: Challenges to reducing deforestation in the Amazon

Rodríguez-de-Francisco, Jean Carlo / Carlos del Cairo / Daniel Ortiz-Gallego / Juan Sebastian Velez-Triana / Tomás Vergara-Gutiérrez / Jonas Hein
External Publications (2021)

in: Forest Policy and Economics 127, article 102450

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REDD+ is a mechanism to address climate change by reducing deforestation and forest degradation. In this article, the implementation of the REDD Early Movers- REM/Visión Amazonia program in Guaviare, Colombia, is analyzed, focusing on the implementation challenges and scope of the program when addressing deforestation drivers in a post-conflict context. By taking a historical perspective on regional deforestation challenges in Guaviare, we link these challenges to the recent deforestation trends in the region. This article demonstrates the particular challenges to implementing REDD+ in the Colombian post-conflict context related to the power vacuum left by the FARC retreat, land grabbing for speculation and cattle ranching, power asymmetries and corrupted regional elites. The article concludes that the current scope of REM does not sufficiently address the main drivers of deforestation, and that REM's focus on campesinos and indigenous communities will not significantly reduce the substantial deforestation rates in the present post-conflict context.

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