Evaluating social safeguards of FLEGT and REDD+ in practice

Assessing compliance with important REDD+ safeguards in ongoing REDD+ projects can provide valuable insights for improved implementation and monitoring of national REDD+ safeguards. Such insights can also support FLEGT VPA implementation and monitoring its impacts. Against this back ground, we conducted intensive field studies in 2015 and gathered empirical data from semi-structure interviews (N=160) with members of six indigenous and local communities participating in two REDD+ pilot projects in the Congo Basin forests of Cameroon. The interview survey focused on, among others, the individual level of respondent’s participation in collective decision-making processes, and the perception and attitudes towards current tenure arrangements and benefit distribution.

This study includes four tasks:

  • Conduct a literature review on social safeguards to identify most prominent social risks and concerns associated with implementation of forestry policies;
  • Develop an appropriate theoretical framework to analyse the empirical data;
  • Analyse the empirical data from semi-structured interviews and interpret the results; and
  • Explore the implication of key findings of the study for the implementation and monitoring of FLEGT and REDD+ processes.

 An interested student could work on this topic in the Sustainability and Climate Change unit at the EFI headquarters in Joensuu. Understanding of forest governance and policy, safeguards and basic statistics is both desired and French skills are an asset.