REDD herrings or REDD menace: response to Beymer-Farris and Bassett

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  • Neil D. Burgess
  • Shadrack Mwakalila
  • Pantaleo K.T. Munishi
  • Marion Pfeifer
  • Simon Willcock
    University of LeedsUniversity of Southampton
  • Deo Shirima
  • Seki Hamidu
  • George B. Bulenga
  • Jason Rubens
  • Haji Machano
  • Rob Marchant
Norwegian funded REDD+ projects in Tanzania have attracted a lot of attention, as has the wider REDD+ policy that aims to reduce deforestation and degradation and enhance carbon storage in forests of the developing countries. One of these REDD+ projects, managed by WWF Tanzania, was criticised in a scientific paper published in GEC, and consequently in the global media, for being linked to attempted evictions of communities living in the Rufiji delta mangroves by the Government of Tanzania, allegedly to make the area ?ready for REDD?. In this response, we show how this eviction event in Rufiji mangroves has a history stretching back over 100 years, has nothing to do with REDD+ or any policy changes by government, and is not in any way linked to the work of any WWF project in Tanzania. We also outline some of the broader challenges faced by REDD+ in Tanzania


  • UNFCCC REDD+, carbon storage/sequestration, livelihoods, forest eviction, ommunity/Participatory forest management
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)1349-1354
Number of pages6
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes
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