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Forests 2014, 5(10), 2425-2439; doi:10.3390/f5102425

Case Study Report: REDD+ Pilot Project in Community Forests in Three Watersheds of Nepal

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu GPO Box 3226, Nepal
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Received: 27 January 2014 / Revised: 1 September 2014 / Accepted: 24 September 2014 / Published: 30 September 2014
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Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is an international climate policy instrument that is expected to tap into the large mitigation potential for conservation and better management of the world’s forests through financial flows from developed to developing countries. This paper describes the results and lessons learned from a pioneering REDD+ pilot project in Nepal, which is based on a community forest management approach and which was implemented from 2009–2013 with support from NORAD’s Climate and Forest Initiative. The major focus of the project was to develop and demonstrate an innovative benefit-sharing mechanism for REDD+ incentives, as well as institutionally and socially inclusive approaches to local forest governance. The paper illustrates how community-based monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) and performance-based payments for forest management can be implemented. The lessons on REDD+ benefit sharing from this demonstration project could provide insights to other countries which are starting to engage in REDD+, in particular in South Asia. View Full-Text
Keywords: pilot REDD+; community forests; community MRV; benefit-sharing mechanism; incentive-based payment pilot REDD+; community forests; community MRV; benefit-sharing mechanism; incentive-based payment
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Shrestha, S.; Karky, B.S.; Karki, S. Case Study Report: REDD+ Pilot Project in Community Forests in Three Watersheds of Nepal. Forests 2014, 5, 2425-2439.

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