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REDD+ adoption and factors affecting respondents' knowledge of REDD+ goal: Evidence from household survey of forest users from REDD+ piloting sites in Nepal

Author:
Pandit, Ram
Source:
Forest policy and economics 2018 v.91 pp. 107-115
ISSN:
1389-9341
Subject:
climate change, deforestation, developing countries, emissions, forage, forests, fuelwood, household surveys, households, issues and policy, private lands, regression analysis, socioeconomic status, watersheds, Nepal
Abstract:
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD+) has been piloted in several countries among socio-economically diverse forest-dependent communities and households. Piloting is a way to raise awareness of REDD+ and its likely practice in the future. The impacts of piloting schemes on likely adoption of REDD+ among participating households and whether those households are fully aware of REDD+ goal are not fully understood in a range of contexts. This paper examines the likely adoption of REDD+ in community forests and factors affecting respondent's knowledge of REDD+ goal using post-piloting survey of 600 households from two watersheds in Nepal. Controlling for respondent, household, and community forest-related characteristics, the logistic regression results indicate that the factors affecting respondent's knowledge of REDD+ goal include respondent's age, economic status of the household, and the proportion of firewood and fodder needs contributed by private land. Moreover, over 95% of the surveyed households were willing to adopt REDD+ in their community forests. These results have implications on design and implementation of future REDD+ policy and projects to generate global climate change benefits from the management of forests at a local level.
Agid:
6369248