Investigating the Links between Drivers of Deforestation and Benefit-Sharing under REDD+
Janice Weatherley-Singh is Director of European Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society and has 15 years of experience working on environmental policy. She is also an external PhD student with the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University.
Janice Weatherley-Singh’s research project analyses the (missing) links between drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and benefit-sharing under REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation). The research explores whether and to what extent benefits generated through REDD+ projects and national strategies are responsive to the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and thus the extent to which REDD+ can catalyze transformational change in sustainable forest use. It examines existing REDD+ projects and strategies at the local, landscape, national and international levels, with a specific focus on development and operationalisation of REDD+ in Madagascar. The thesis also analyzes lessons learnt from the EU Forest Law Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative in further developing REDD+ globally, nationally and locally as a catalyst for transformational change and/or identifying key hurdles preventing this.