Authors: Susan Chomba, Juliet Kariuki, Jens Friis Lund, Fergus Sinclair
Land tenure remains one of the most critical factors determining equity under REDD+, as we demonstrated through our previous article, âRoots of inequity: how the implementation of REDD+ reinforces past injusticesâ. Githiru responded to this paper, with some apparent challenges to both the empirical basis and theoretical arguments, that we had put forward. In this rebuttal, we demonstrate that there were no empirical differences between our original paper and Githiruâs response that had bearing on our findings, but that there are substantial differences in our interpretations of legality and equity, and consequently divergence about who can expect to benefit from REDD+. In a context where land ownership has historically and presently involved processes of dispossession, marginalization and even evictions, this rebuttal illustrates the complexity of the dominant discourse on land tenure and benefits under REDD+ and shows how social safeguards will need to take historical context and peopleâs current entitlements and agency into account, if equitable outcomes are to be defined and realized.
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