Does REDD+ Ensure Sectoral Coordination and Stakeholder Participation? A Comparative Analysis of REDD+ National Governance Structures in Countries of Asia-Pacific Region

Fujisaki, Taiji and Hyakumura, Kimihiko and Scheyvens, Henry and Cadman, Tim (2016) Does REDD+ Ensure Sectoral Coordination and Stakeholder Participation? A Comparative Analysis of REDD+ National Governance Structures in Countries of Asia-Pacific Region. Forests, 7 (9):195. pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) requires harmonizing different policy sectors and interests that have impacts on forests. However, these elements have not been well-operationalized in environmental policy-making processes of most developing countries. Drawing on five cases—Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam, this article aims to determine whether emerging governance arrangements help REDD+ development by delivering participatory mechanisms for policy coordination. Building upon literature on environmental governance and stakeholder participation, the article examines national governance structures for REDD+ and identifies who participates where, and what decision-making powers they have. Despite structural differences between the countries, our analysis illustrates that REDD+ potentially encourages a new form of environmental governance promoting a cross-sectoral approach and stakeholder participation. Cohesiveness of the structures within a broader governance system is key to defining the capacity of REDD+ governance. The result also poses a question as to the inclusiveness of the state actors involved in order to tackle the different pressure on forests. Considering structural inequalities, the analysis further suggests a need of policy support for those who are affected by REDD+ to ensure that their voices could be heard in decision-making processes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD) (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Jul 2018)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD) (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Jul 2018)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 05:20
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 00:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: REDD+; national governance structures; cross-sectoral coordination; stakeholder participation; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Papua New Guinea and Vietnam
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350799 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440805 Environmental politics
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440808 International relations
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/f7090195
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48910

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