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Forests 2017, 8(1), 14; doi:10.3390/f8010014

Does the ‘One Map Initiative’ Represent a New Path for Forest Mapping in Indonesia? Assessing the Contribution of the REDD+ Initiative in Effecting Forest Governance Reform

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School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX4 1SW, UK
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School of Environmental Sciences, University of Indonesia, Gedung C. LtV-VI, Jl. Salemba Raya 4 Salemba, Jakarta 10430, Indonesia
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Academic Editors: Esteve Corbera and Heike Schroeder
Received: 9 October 2016 / Revised: 15 December 2016 / Accepted: 20 December 2016 / Published: 27 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue REDD+: Politics, Interplays and Impacts)
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Abstract

This study investigates one notable result that the REDD+ (‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks and conservation’) initiative effected within Indonesia’s forest institutions. It argues that during its interplay with existing National forest institutions REDD+ produced a significant benefit; namely, the ‘one map initiative’ (OMI) being the government’s response to the call for greater transparency and enabling of REDD+ implementation. It asks: “Does the ‘One Map Initiative’ signify a switch to a new path of map-making, or is it just another innovation within an existing path dependence of forest governance?” Through eighty semi-structured interviews with ‘REDD+ policy actors’ and the deployment of ‘path dependence’ theory, this study seeks to determine the extent to which the REDD+ initiative created a ‘critical juncture’ (i.e., momentum for institutions to move to a new path). This study maps the institutional path dependence within forest-mapping as a means for the state to gain control of forest resources. In its development process the OMI has shown its ability to break the old path-dependence of map-making (e.g., lack of transparency, low level of public participation, and poor coordination amongst ministries). Moreover, this paper identified several historical events (i.e., ‘critical junctures’) that preceded the REDD+ initiative as contributing factors to the relative success of REDD+ in effecting forest governance reform. View Full-Text
Keywords: REDD+; One Map Initiative; Indonesia; forest governance reform; cross-sectoral coordination; participation; transparency; path dependence; critical juncture REDD+; One Map Initiative; Indonesia; forest governance reform; cross-sectoral coordination; participation; transparency; path dependence; critical juncture
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Mulyani, M.; Jepson, P. Does the ‘One Map Initiative’ Represent a New Path for Forest Mapping in Indonesia? Assessing the Contribution of the REDD+ Initiative in Effecting Forest Governance Reform. Forests 2017, 8, 14.

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