Making FLEGT and REDD+ work together: Insights and activities 2013-2017

Addressing land-use governance challenges is key to successful implementation of both REDD+ and Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) under the EU FLEGT Action Plan — and, ultimately, to reducing deforestation and tackling climate change. Increased transparency and accountability, stakeholder participation and capacity, and cross-sectoral coordination are required to address the root causes of deforestation. Clarification of legal frameworks and better law enforcement contribute to eradicating illegal and unsustainable forest loss, along with more responsible commodity sourcing.

Key messages

  • Improved forest governance is crucial for addressing deforestation and promoting inclusive decision-making and transparency.
  • Consensus building, political support, and strong institutional capacities are essential for addressing land-use governance challenges.
  • Addressing deforestation requires various incentives, including trade, market access, and green investments from domestic and international sources.
  • Increased transparency in global forest-risk commodity supply chains is vital for understanding and addressing social and environmental impacts.
  • Funding for REDD+ readiness has built capacity, but challenges remain in aligning land-use investments with REDD+ objectives.
  • Integrating FLEGT approaches into REDD+ processes can help stakeholders work together towards concrete solutions.
  • REDD+ has fostered momentum to implement the EU FLEGT Action Plan and align forest governance efforts with climate mitigation objectives.
  • Small but strategic pilot actions can drive change and progress in forest and land-use governance.