04 Feb '12, 10am

REDD+ project design: 10 points to consider so the poor don’t lose out, by Essam Mohammed

Communities should be consulted on whether they prefer to have benefits transferred to the entire community or directly to households. Communities should be consulted to assess their preferences on the amount and type of benefits. Consider economic feasibility, local institutional capacity and governance structures before deciding whether to transfer benefits to communities as a whole or directly to households. Direct payments to households require less institutional capacity and no sustained funding for maintenance. But if the payments are channelled through local elites, there is a risk that they will take a percentage of the profits. On the other hand, directly investing in community infrastructure, such as roads, schools or medical clinics, through payments to communities is arguably less vulnerable to elites skimming off funds for themselves. Moreover, if there are to...

Full article: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/redd-project-design-1...

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