Alliance partners participate in cross-cutting, timely, and innovative research across the globe.

Increasing REDD+ benefits to indigenous peoples & traditional communities through a jurisdictional approach

In this brief, we (1) review the current situation of indigenous peoples (IP) and traditional communities (TC) with regards to climate change, REDD+ and low-emission rural development (LED-R) in the Tropics; (2) present a conceptual framework for Jurisdictional REDD+ to demonstrate how IP and TC could receive greater and more lasting benefits from climate change mitigation strategies (including possible climate finance) under certain conditions; (3) present six regional case studies on Jurisdictional REDD+; and (4) summarize recommendations for the road beyond Paris. In particular, we examine which actions can be supported by IP and TC, governmental decision-makers, and other key stakeholders to ensure equitable and sustainable low-emission rural development.


navigating climate change mitigation and sustainable development in the tropics

In this paper for Outreach,  a multi-stakeholder publication produced for the UNFCCC negotiations, the STA describes its transformational framework for large-scale, bottom-up solutions through Low-Emission Rural Development strategies. The full Outreach publication can be reached here.


About the sustainable tropics alliance

The Sustainable Tropics Alliance (STA) is a strategic partnership of independent, non-governmental organizations that draw on research, multi-stakeholder engagement, and local knowledge to develop low-emission rural development (LED-R) models in the Tropics.


indigenous peoples and low-emission rural development

Indigenous peoples and traditional communities are key players in the race to slow climate change, yet often on the sidelines of climate change dialogues. In this report, we explore opportunities for greater inclusion and improved benefits-sharing for indigenous peoples and traditional communities in the context of Low-Emission Rural Development (LED-R).


fostering Low-emission rural development from the ground up

The STA analyzes progress made in implementing low-emission rural development (LED-R)—a jurisdictional or regional approach to sustainability—using examples from eight regions in the Tropics. LED-R provides a framework for integrated implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and helps to address challenges related to implementation. We define LED-R and assess each region’s potential for and progress in moving toward LED-R. We also identify the key actor groups in each region, describe their dynamics, and discuss the potential roles each group could play in the transition to LED-R.  We also summarize the barriers and opportunities for LED-R to take hold across the regions.