Tenure of indigenous peoples territories and REDD+ as a forestry management incentive

UN-REDD Programme


Tenure of indigenous peoples territories
and REDD+ as a forestry management incentive:
the case of Mesoamerican countries


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


ABSTRACT

Programmes to reduce emissions from deforestation and ecosystem degradation, such as REDD+ and other forestry incentive programmes, including Payment for Environmental Services (PES), could represent an opportunity to strengthen processes of conservation, sustainable usage and poverty reduction in the Mesoamerican region, particularly in indigenous territories and communities.

Analysing the context of such initiatives and how they are interlinked is relevant to understanding how these multipurpose programmes can achieve their objectives in the light of recent developments in the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights over land tenure and natural resources in the region. Examining these contexts and their linkages in countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama, where there are considerable forest areas with significant indigenous populations, is the aim of this study.



Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Table of contents
Acronyms

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Introduction

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Chapter 1
Concepts: REDD+, territorial rights of indigenous peoples and incentives for good forestry management

    1.1 Concepts relating to the territorial rights of indigenous peoples
    1.2 The REDD+ initiative
    1.3 Payment for environmental services
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Chapter 2
Forest land and indigenous populations in Mesoamerica: cases of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama

    2.1 Forest resources in the Mesoamerican region
    2.2 The indigenous populations of Mesoamerican forest regions - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama
    2.3 Natural resource management and tenure systems of indigenous populations living in forest areas of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama
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Chapter 3
Mesoamerican advances in recognizing indigenous territorial rights and environmental policies

    3.1 Advances in international law
    3.2 Advances achieved by local actors
    3.3 Development of land tenure institutions and legislation
    3.4 Development of environmental policies
    3.5 Formulation of REDD+ proposals in the region
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Chapter 4
Lessons learned from community forestry initiatives, payment for environmental services and other incentives

    4.1 Community forestry and forest concessions
    4.2 Experiences in Payment for Environmental Services
    4.3 Governance in indigenous territories
    4.4 Lessons
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Chapter 5
Opportunities and limitations for REDD+ processes in the indigenous forest territories of Mesoamerica

    Conclusions
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Annexes

    Annex 1: Central American countries and their REDD+ preparation phase
    Annex 2: Legal Reforms on Land and Management of Natural Resources in Mesoamerican countries
    Annex 3: Content of R-PPs on the situation of indigenous territories: Mesoamerican countries
    Annex 4: Programmes to Update Land Registries and Regularize Land Tenure in the Region
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Bibliography
Websites

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