Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Land-uses in Rainforests of the Tropics (REDD-ALERT)

Initiative

Summary

REDD-ALERT (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Land uses in Rainforests of the Tropics)  is an FP7 EU project; funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. REDD-ALERT is active in Vietnam, Indonesia, Cameroon and Peru.

The project aims to reconcile global policy with local incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation by linking international policy-makers and stakeholders on the ground who need to be encouraged to change their behaviour regarding deforestation, thereby meaningfully contributing to policy at the international level. 

The objectives of the REDD-ALERT project are:
a) to document the diversity and consequences of social, cultural, economic and ecological drivers of forest transition and conservation in case study areas in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cameroon and Peru (each representative of different stages of forest transition).
b) to quantify rates of forest conversion and changes in forest carbon stocks.
c)  to improve accounting (methods, default values) of the consequences of land use change for GHG emissions in tropical forest margins including peatlands.
d) to identify and assess viable policy options addressing the drivers of deforestation and their consistency with approaches on avoided deforestation currently being discussed within the UNFCCC and other international processes.
e) to analyse scenarios in selected case study areas of the local impacts of potential international climate change policies on GHG emission reductions, land use and livelihoods.
f) to develop new negotiation support tools and use these with stakeholders at international, national and local scales to explore a suite of options for incorporating REDD into post-2012 climate agreements.

In Vietnam, the project focussed on Bac Kan (North Vietnam) and Dac Lak and Dac Nong (Central Highlands). For more information on the project in Vietnam, please click here

In Indonesia, research was carried out in Jambi and Lampung (Sumatra) and East Kalimantan. For more information on the field sites in Indonesia, please click here

In Cameroon, REDD-ALERT focussed on the southwestern region, in the four departments of Nyong et So’o, Ocean, Mvila, and Valee du Ntem. For more information on REDD-ALERT in Cameroon, plesae click here

Finally, in Peru, work was carried out in Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon. For more information on the site in Peu, please click here

For more information on the REDD-Alert project and for the research outcomes in terms of publications, please visit the REDD-ALERT website

Stakeholder engagement and participation

It was identified that active 'negotiation support' would be needed to achieve 'free, prior and informed consent', seen as a moral imperative to agreements potentially affecting the livelihoods of people outside the centres of political power. This project aimed to make a significant contribution in the evaluation of mechanisms that translate international-level agreements into instruments that will help change the behaviour of the people on the 'front-line', whilst minimising adverse repercussions on their livelihoods.