Building Bridges Between REDD+ and Sustainable Agriculture: Addressing Agriculture's Role as a Driver of Deforestation
The potential role of forests in reducing of global greenhouse gas emissions is attracting considerable interest from the international community. Deforestation and forest degradation is largely being driven by forces outside the forestry sector. Many of these forces are closely tied to agriculture. For this reason, an isolated sectoral approach focusing solely on forests cannot succeed in implementing REDD+ policies. This paper suggests maximizing synergies between sustainable agriculture and REDD+ and ensuring that food production and forestry do not compete for natural resources. To accomplish this, the best way to move forward would be to adopt a cross-sectoral ‘landscape approach’. This approach would promote high carbon stock land uses in forests and in agricultural areas, and would contribute to halting both deforestation and forest degradation while meeting future demands for food and nutrition.