Mr. Philemon Mukisa Kirunda

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Research Abstract : 
The contribution of REDD+ pilot projects to community empowerment, creating opportunities and tenure security in Tanzania.

Brief information on topic and research question: REDD+ is a policy mechanism for climate change mitigation created under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  On top of reducing emissions, REDD+ can also generate revenue for developing countries in a bid to create a ‘win-win’ situation between poverty and environment (Lawlor et al., 2013). Thus far, REDD+ is ideologically a success but has not yet met its broader goal of large-scale emissions reduction. According to the UN-REDD Programme (2015), the design for REDD+ implementation begins with readiness activities followed by implementation of the proposed policies, national plans and strategies and lastly, result-based action. Success for the mechanism depends on several factors at different levels but most importantly at the bottom level of stakeholders (the participating communities). Many early REDD+ projects have however been credited for empowering people through participation in project design and implementation. Since REDD+ is primarily motivated by economic incentives for carbon sequestered and stored in the trees, the burden rests on the implementers to deliver on such economic promises, which need to be clear and mutually acceptable. The benefits and opportunities may be exciting at the start of the projects but whether or not the benefits together with the usually un-popularised attendant costs remain exciting throughout implementation is an aspect that needs further research. This study aims to examine the impact of REDD+ pilot projects on empowerment, tenure security and opportunities from two cases in Tanzania, in order to draw lessons for future implementation phases. The study will look at how the pilot projects have contributed to community empowerment to trace the processes of community involvement in project design and implementation and how the process of Free Prior and Informed Consent was handled by the projects. The study will also seek to establish the opportunities generated for the well-being of the community to see the impact of the projects on the community’s livelihood. I will also delve into the impact on tenure security in the community to identify any changes in forest tenure as a result of the pilot projects implementation and if there are changes, have they maintained, reduced or increased tenure security? The study will draw lessons from the piloting of REDD+ to establish the potential of achieving the promises of addressing the interests of different actors and the link between the “environment and development agendas”. This will help inform the revision of implementation in the next phases of implementation.

Progress to date:

I changed the study from the original proposal and thus, I have 

1.Written a new concept 

2.Developing the proposal for this fresh research direction

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