Five years of REDD+ governance: the use of market mechanisms as a response to anthropogenic climate change

Cadman, Timothy and Maraseni, Tek and Ok Ma, Hwan and Lopez-Casero, Federico (2017) Five years of REDD+ governance: the use of market mechanisms as a response to anthropogenic climate change. Forest Policy and Economics, 79. pp. 8-16. ISSN 1389-9341


Forest ecosystems worldwide are increasingly subjected to human intervention, leading commentators to argue that forests should be viewed as anthropogenic ecosystems. REDD+ is an emerging inter-governmental policy instrument aimed at both reducing deforestation and forest degradation and combatting climate change, whereby developed countries pay developing countries to reduce their forest-based emissions. The paper details a five-year research project to evaluate REDD+quality of governance and develop governance standards for the mechanism. Quality of governance was evaluated in five key international institutional elements: the REDD+related negotiations in the global climate talks; the support and funding agencies UN-REDD, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), Forest Investment Programme (FIP) and the REDD+ Partnership. This research was complemented by national level governance assessments and related standards setting initiatives in Nepal and Papua New Guinea. The researchers conclude that REDD+confronts a number of challenges, notably around resources for capacity building, and benefit sharing. In addition, the lack of provisions for changing behaviour and solving the problem of forest-based emissions in the current safeguards render them inadequate to the task of
delivering quality of governance. In the absence of consistent governance standards, REDD+ will only partially
be successful in combatting climate change in the Anthropocene.

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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 04:06
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 03:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropogenic forests; forest policy; governance standards; Nepal; Papua New Guinea; REDD+; sustainable forest management
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
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