This chapter reviews the basis for both pessimism and optimism in REDD. It considers a range of stakeholder opinions as well as my personal perspective. The premises underpinning the book are presented, along with sources of influence on the arguments.
Josephstaal and REDD
In 1992 I led the social sciences team for Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Conservation Needs Assessment. I was under contract to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) Biodiversity Support Program (BSP), working in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Papua New Guinea.
We had been allotted three weeks to determine what the main social issues and “needs” related to biodiversity conservation in ...