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Similarities and Differences between International REDD+ and Transnational Deforestation-Free Supply Chain Initiatives—A Review

Yvonne Hargita (), Lukas Giessen () and Sven Günter ()
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Yvonne Hargita: Thuenen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics, 21031 Hamburg, Germany
Lukas Giessen: European Forest Institute (EFI) Governance Programme, 53113 Bonn, Germany & IPB Bogor Agricultural University, 16680 Bogor, Indonesia
Sven Günter: Thuenen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics, 21031 Hamburg, Germany

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 3, 1-33

Abstract: After years of multilateral deliberations on how to stop global deforestation, such as REDD+ under the UNFCCC, deforestation-free supply chain (DFSC) initiatives emerged from the private sector. Linking both concepts conceptually and in policy practice could provide for synergies and enable more effective approaches against global deforestation. To operationalise such a linkage, a prerequisite is the knowledge of both concepts’ key characteristics, as well as resulting similarities and differences. This literature review firstly identifies key characteristics that affects the potential impact of such concepts, secondly analyses if and how REDD+ and DFSC define these characteristics, and thirdly compares both concepts towards a potential linkage. The results show that a linkage of REDD+ and DFSC provides numerous complementarities which could foster the goal of halting deforestation. This includes for example the driver commercial agriculture, and in terms of permanence, leakage, and degradation. But close coordination is needed to avoid unintended negative consequences, especially for subsistence and smallholder agriculture. The comparison shows that the political consensus found under REDD+ provides a good basis to be supplemented with private sectors’ DFSC initiatives, but additional initiatives like the Bonn Challenge and investments in agroforestry are needed in order to ensure the long-term effect on forest conversion.

Keywords: UNFCCC REDD+; deforestation-free supply chains; zero-deforestation commitments; state & private regimes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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