How can conflict in climate change mitigation initiatives such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) present opportunities to transform conflicts and mainstream more inclusive and sustainable land-use development?
The success and sustainability of REDD+ and other sustainable forest management and governance initiatives depends on how potential conflicts are transformed, specifially through a process of constructively managing relationships, attitudes, behaviors and interests in conflct settings. Conflict transformation also addresses the underlying structures and institutions that contribute to these conflicts and it seeks to maximize positive outcomes wherever possible.
In response to this need, RECOFTC and partners in the Conflict and Cooperation over REDD+ (CoCooR) project are conducting a training on ‘Transforming forest conflicts in the context of climate change mitigation.’ The course is designed with the understanding that climate change mitigation initiatives such as REDD+ can present opportunities to develop capacities for more inclusive and sustainable land-use development. A wide range of training methods will be used including case studies, group discussions, role play and expert inputs. The training includes a field trip to a local community in Thailand where participants will learn about a forest conflict first-hand.
The objective of this training is to enable key stakeholders, including facilitators, policymakers and other decision-makers working in climate change mitigation, to identify the needs for transforming forest conflicts and to explore strategies to address these needs. At the end of the course, participants working in climate change mitigation initiatives will:
• be able to analyze and explain the nature and scope of conflicts;
• be able to apply frameworks that focus on stakeholder rights and motivations and can lead to more effective REDD+ governance and forest management;
• be able to identify various approaches and institutions that can monitor, prevent and/or transform conflicts; and
• have the skills to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder negotiation processes that can monitor, prevent and/or transform these conflicts.