Lessons Learned From Community Forestry In Latin America And Their Relevance For REDD+
Posted on Jan 27, 2014
This report is one of four reports on “Lessons Learned from Community Forestry and Their Relevance for REDD+" produced for USAID.
Latin America is unique compared with Africa and Asia for several reasons. The Latin America region offers multiple advantages for REDD+. South America has 25 percent of the world's forests and 40 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Only 1.4 percent of Latin America’s forests are plantations; 98.6 percent of Latin American forests are natural forests. Large areas of forest are under indigenous and community tenure – a key base for community forestry and REDD+ success. Rural population density is low. In Latin America, it is very feasible to build on and nurture existing community forestry to achieve REDD+ goals.