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Assessing Civil Society Participation in REDD+ and FLEGT Case study analysis of Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Republic of Congo
By: Poshendra Satyal, University of East Anglia
Published: January 1, 2017
Countries: Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana, Liberia
Topics: FLEGT, REDD+
Document type: Report
Document ID: 3417
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Assessing Civil Society Participation in REDD+ and FLEGT Case study analysis of Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Republic of Congo

This report presents findings from an assessment study on quality of participation of civil society actors in REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and FLEGT VPA (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreement) processes in four countries of Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Republic of Congo.

The study was part of an EU funded project, coordinated by Fern on ‘Tackling Deforestation through Linking FLEGT and REDD+’ for which the quality of participation in REDD+ and FLEGT was outlined as an indicator to assess one of the project’s specific objectives (i.e. key REDD+ safeguards are respected in practice).

The focus of the assessment study on civil society participation is at national policy making level in FLEGT and REDD+ processes. Building on key literature on participation and research on civil society participation in REDD+ and FLEGT, a questionnaire tool was developed and applied in practical case studies of the four countries. The analysis is drawn from the interview materials based on the questionnaire tool; some in-depth interviews; and secondary research in these countries.