The PES-project under the umbrella of LaForeT has been completed on December 31, 2020.
Forest Governance is regarded as key topic for reducing deforestation and degradation in the tropics. International forest policy processes support the concept. Forest Governance is perceived as broad and comprehensive approach, including (i) legislation and institutions (ii) tenure and use rights (iii) land use planning, as well as (iv) benefit sharing and incentives.
In many countries promising frameworks have de jure been created during the last decades. However, the de facto situation on the ground is often challenging. Specifically institutional structures are ineffective or missing and law enforcement is limited. This creates a weak basis for the development of sustainable policy approaches.