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Forests 2016, 7(10), 212; doi:10.3390/f7100212

Governance Values in the Climate Change Regime: Stakeholder Perceptions of REDD+ Legitimacy at the National Level

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Research fellow, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia
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Associate professor, Institute for Agriculture and Environment (Research), University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia
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Research fellow, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia
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Senior research fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, 2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0115, Japan
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Project manager, Reforestation and Forest Management, International Tropical Timber Organization, International Organizations Center, 5th Floor Pacifico-Yokohama 1-1-1, Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan
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Academic Editors: Esteve Corbera and Heike Schroeder
Received: 10 July 2016 / Revised: 31 August 2016 / Accepted: 18 September 2016 / Published: 23 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue REDD+: Politics, Interplays and Impacts)
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This paper presents the results of two national-level studies of REDD+ governance values in Nepal and Papua New Guinea (PNG), using a hierarchical framework of principles, criteria, and indicators (PC&I), with evaluation at the indicator level. The research was conducted by means of an online survey to determine general perspectives on the governance quality of REDD+, as well as stakeholder workshops, in which participants were asked to rank indicators on the basis of perceived national significance. In the online survey, respondents in both countries identified inclusiveness and resources as the highest and lowest scoring governance values, while inclusiveness, resources, accountability, and transparency, were given priority, although their relative importance differed between countries given national circumstances. The reasons for the commonalities and differences of perceptions between these countries are discussed. The findings suggest that while a generic set of governance values may be usefully applied for determining the institutional legitimacy of REDD+, their relative importance is different. This leads to the conclusion that it may not be appropriate to use a simplified approach to REDD+ governance, focusing for example on safeguards, given different national priorities and contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: governance values; legitimacy; principles, criteria, and indicators (PC&I); inclusiveness; resources; accountability; transparency; REDD+ governance values; legitimacy; principles, criteria, and indicators (PC&I); inclusiveness; resources; accountability; transparency; REDD+
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Cadman, T.; Maraseni, T.; Breakey, H.; López-Casero, F.; Ma, H.O. Governance Values in the Climate Change Regime: Stakeholder Perceptions of REDD+ Legitimacy at the National Level. Forests 2016, 7, 212.

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