Over the past decade, the EU REDD Facility has worked with many partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America to understand the governance challenges driving deforestation and to develop pragmatic approaches and solutions to land-use governance and sustainable development. As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we are reflecting on lessons learnt and sharing our insights.
We have found that combining climate, technical and trade-related interventions has great potential to address the drivers of deforestation, and that working alongside governments to facilitate difficult changes is key. We’ve also seen that protecting forests and creating incentives for sustainable land use are only possible if governments, private sectors, and civil societies partner to generate change.
In coming years, we look forward to focusing on legality in land allocation, improved sustainability of land use, and increased transparency in forest-risk commodity supply chains. Here, we offer 10 lessons distilled from 10 years of work.