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Governing Southern Africa’s Forests: The Case of REDD+

PERISA Case Study 2 on Public Goods

August 2013

Preez, M.L. 2013. Governing Southern Africa's forests: The case of REDD+. (PERISA Case Study 2: Public Goods). Johannesburg, Maastricht: SAIIA, ECDPM.

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This case study provides a political-economy analysis of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional support programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). REDD+ is an innovative financing scheme focusing specifically on the carbon sequestration potential of forests – a global public good. REDD+ projects are usually implemented at the national and local levels. The SADC support programme therefore focuses on those aspects of REDD+ that are important at the regional level and can only – or best – be achieved by countries working together. To date this includes a project by SADC and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on REDD+ measurement reporting and verification (MRV).

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Cross-cutting TopicsEconomic Transformation and TradePolitical Economy AnalysisRegional IntegrationResearch reportsResearchClimate changePolitical Economy of Regional Integration in Southern Africa (PERISA)Southern African Development Community (SADC)Southern Africa

External authors

Mari-Lise du Preez

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)