Benefit sharing is an instrument for converting conservation financing into incentives for positive change at the national and subnational level. A country´s benefit sharing mechanism can determine who is involved in conservation activities. The way benefits are shared influences who bear costs, whether they are compensated, and what forms of incentives are available. While the establishment of an effective benefit sharing mechanism is achievable there are several key questions that need to be tackled beforehand, including:
• Who should benefit?
• What is most effective mechanism for transferring benefits?
• What investments are needed to set up an effective benefit sharing mechanism
Building on existing work, the Program on Forests (PROFOR) supported three studies on making benefit sharing work for forest dependent communities. These studies draw on a wide range of existing benefit sharing mechanisms and provides insights for both the conservation and REDD+ community. The studies examine:
• Legal and procedural options for identifying and working with beneficiaries when rights are unclear, including discussing the role contracts can play in such situations
• Different mechanisms for transferring benefits from national to subnational to local levels, and the fundamental building blocks of these mechanisms. This study also includes a tool for identifying areas of investment needed to effectively deliver a specific mechanism type
• Lessons from existing benefit sharing arrangements that involve local communities
Come to this knowledge cafe to learn about the PROFOR supported work and exchange insights and information on practical ways for making benefit sharing work for forest dependent communities. Our aim is to share experiences about benefit sharing with the conservation community.