A policy brief launched recently by the UN-REDD Programme in conjunction with UNEP FI ahead of the 14th World Forestry Congress, explores ways to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. The Fiscal incentives for agricultural commodity production: Options to forge compatibility with REDD+ brief aims to encourage the alignment of government subsidies and other fiscal instruments with the objectives of REDD+. The brief calls for greater compatibility between rural development, commodity production and REDD+ objectives to ensure long term sustainability of agricultural production, healthy ecosystems and wellbeing of local communities. The brief acknowledges that subsidy reform should be accompanied by a package of policies, such as sustainable commodity supply chain initiatives and development assistance, to manage the socio-economic impacts of change and reinforce conservation efforts.
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