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Event Workshop on forest governance, decentralisation and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean

A country-led initiative in support of the UN Forum on Forests by the Governments of Mexico and Switzerland. See

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Period [31/08/2010 - 03/09/2010]
Event location Oaxaca, Mexico Oaxaca, Mexico
Host Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR), México
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Purpose and expected results

Several factors underscore the relevance of discussions on the relationships among sustainable forest management (SFM), forest governance, REDD+ and livelihoods. Forests in Latin America are home to millions of people who depend directly on forest resources for their livelihoods. Current deforestation rates and their external drivers deprive these people of essential resources. At the same time, poverty drives deforestation and forest degradation in many places: Poor communities change the way they use land to improve their lives. Forest policies and instruments can affect how REDD+ projects and their outcomes provide incentives for preservation of forests while reducing poverty.

The Oaxaca workshop will:

Identify trends, facilitate experience sharing and distil lessons learnt on SFM, forest governance and decentralisation and REDD+ and identify opportunities and threats to livelihoods and poor people
Contribute directly to the 9th session of the UN Forum on Forests
Inform discussions during the next UN climate change conference, COP16 in Mexico, and contribute to REDD+ design.
Workshop themes

People, forest governance, and forests
SFM, development, markets and forests
Rights, livelihoods and forests

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