Governance to promote better land use and livelihoods


The Sustainable Development Goals and REDD+:
assessing institutional interactions and the pursuit of synergies

Bastos-Lima, M., G Kissinger, I Visseren-Hamakers, J Braña-Varela, A Gupta

International Environmental Agreements, 2017


This paper analyzes potential synergies between two recent sustainable development initiatives, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), a climate mitigation mechanism negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The research draws on literature review and document analysis, direct observations of global policy processes relating to REDD+ and SDGs, as well as extensive engagement (of one author) at national level in Indonesia and Myanmar. Analysis reveals that there are currently significant opportunities to pursue synergies in the implementation of these international initiatives at the national level, although pro-active interaction management is necessary, especially to achieve complementary synergies.

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