U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from a U4 Partner Agency. The U4 Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.

Query

Please provide an overview of actors and institutions with technical expertise in the field of integrity of carbon reduction incentive mechanism related to forestry.

Purpose

We would like to provide support to the Indonesian Anti-Corruption Agency (KPK) in order to develop their technical expertise in this field. We are seeking advice on relevant partner institutions and sources of technical assistance.

Content

1. Integrity and incentive mechanisms for mitigating climate change
2. Overview of actors and institutions
3. References

Summary

Experience with incentive based interventions indicates that governance issues are likely to be critical to the success of such approaches in terms of reducing carbon emissions. But incentive based mechanisms to address climate change face major corruption challenges. Large flows of money could fuel rent seeking activities, elite capture of REDD benefits, and create new opportunities for forest corruption. In addition, such schemes can generate a pattern of perverse incentives leading to increased corruption and inequitable distribution of benefits, potentially resulting in actual deforestation and forest degradation.

Faced with such integrity challenges, anti-corruption institutions need to develop their expertise with regard to forest governance and the particular technical aspects of REDD programmes. Given the novelty and technical complexity of REDD there is relatively little technical assistance available in this area.

This query compiles a list of international organisations, civil society organisations, research and environmental institutions that are developing relevant expertise in this area.

Authors

Marie Chêne, Transparency International, mchene@transparency.org

Date

15/07/2010

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