Programmes designed to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) intend to reward individuals, communities and countries that cut carbon emissions from forests. They envisage improving incentives towards either retaining standing forests or instigating more sustainable and controlled forestry activity. REDD programmes present a possible entry point for improving forest governance practices in forested developing countries while simultaneously addressing forest-related carbon emissions as part of a global climate regime.
The central role of issues of governance, public integrity and corruption in the success of REDD programmes is widely acknowledged both in relevant academic and policy literature and in ongoing discussions within the development practitioner and research communities. Good governance, anti-corruption and public integrity approaches suitable for REDD are currently being explored both in the literature and in international and national policy workshops, stakeholder meetings, and conferences.
Many salient questions remain to be explored in detail, however, including:
- How could weak governance and corruption influence the success of REDD programmes?
- How can REDD programmes have a positive impact on the integrity of existing forest governance?
- How can those responsible for REDD programmes ensure that necessary good governance and anti-corruption reforms are successful?
- How should those responsible for REDD programmes respond if anti-corruption measures are not successful?
This project promotes an informed approach among U4 partner agency staff to governance and anti-corruption issues specifically in relation to REDD programmes. The purpose of the project is to assist partner agencies in their governance and anti-corruption efforts related to REDD. This will be done by providing informational resources to assist the partners in building capacity to design and implement governance and anti-corruption strategies and interventions relevant for REDD programmes.
For publications and activities, see the U4 REDD Integrity theme page
National-level corruption risks and mitigation strategies in the implementation of REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: An overview of the current situation
The political economy of corruption and REDD+ in Kenya: Initial findings
Assessing corruption risks critical for success of REDD
Aled Williams, Andre Standing
Corruption et REDD+ : Identifier les risques dans une situation complexe
Unready for REDD+? Lessons from corruption in Ugandan conservation areas
Gender, regulation, and corporate social responsibility in the extractive sector: The case of Equinor’s social investments in Tanzania
Siri Lange,Victoria Wyndham
Women's Studies: International Forum
Pemberantasan korupsi di sektor kehutanan. Pelajaran dari kasus KPK
Sofie Arjon Schütte, Laode M. Syarif
Tackling forestry corruption in Indonesia. Lessons from KPK prosecutions
Sofie Arjon Schütte, Laode M. Syarif
Doing global investments the Nordic way. The 'business case' for Equinor’s support to union work among its employees in Tanzania
Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
The conservation-corruption conundrum: Understanding everyday relationships between rangers and communities
Corruption and climate finance. Implications for climate change interventions
Michael Nest, Saul Mullard, Cecilie Wathne
Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Environmental and Resource Management
Luca Tacconi, David Aled Williams
Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Corruption in customs: How can it be tackled?
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Ernani Checcucci Filho and Gaël Raballand
Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption
Truth and Logic for a More Peaceful World: Kristian Berg Harpviken in Conversation with Arne Strand