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Combating Deforestation through REDD+ in the Brazilian Amazon: a New Social Contract?

Author(s): Anthony Hall

Journal: Sustentabilidade em Debate
ISSN 2177-7675

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: REDD+ | Social contract | Deforestation | Amazonia

Brazil is developing a number of REDD+ schemes in Amazonia that offer economic incentives to discourage deforestation and promote conservation. Building upon longer traditions of forest preservation and sustainable development in the region, REDD+ could be said to embody elements of a new ‘social contract’ that underpins resource governance, based on mutual obligations, rights and responsibilities. This will have to be founded on negotiated agreements among major stakeholders; namely, central and state governments, the NGO sector, private business interests and local beneficiary populations. Despite its embryonic nature and having to face major challenges of implementation and scaling up, REDD+ could offer the beginnings of a fresh paradigm in environmental policy based on a social contract that could help sustain low rates of forest loss in future.
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