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Forests 2017, 8(12), 508; doi:10.3390/f8120508

REDD+ Crossroads Post Paris: Politics, Lessons and Interplays

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Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
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Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 19 December 2017 / Accepted: 19 December 2017 / Published: 20 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue REDD+ Crossroads Post Paris: Politics, Lessons and Interplays)
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Abstract

This article introduces the special issue “REDD+ crossroads post Paris: politics, lessons and interplays”. The contributions to the special issue demonstrate, first, that REDD+ design in the studied countries has generally lacked social legitimacy and sidelined key actors that have an important role in shaping land-use sector dynamics. Second, they show that REDD+ early actions have tended to oversimplify local realities and have been misaligned with other policy goals and local needs. Third, REDD+ efforts have remained constrained to the forestry or climate mitigation policy sectors and have thus suffered from a lack of harmonization across local, national and international concerns, specifically of contradictory policy. As REDD+ moves from its preparedness to its implementation phase, more research efforts should be aimed at analysing the power relations that underpin and determine the design and implementation of REDD+ policies and actions, the potential for and limits to the vertical and horizontal harmonization of land-use policies and management, and the processes of resistance to or accommodation of REDD+ practices on the ground. In doing so, we advocate for multi-and transdisciplinary research that does not take for granted the benefits of REDD+ and which critically scrutinizes the multiple goals of this ambitious international policy framework, and where it sits within the broader Paris Agreement implementation agenda. View Full-Text
Keywords: REDD+; environmental governance; politics; conflict; climate change REDD+; environmental governance; politics; conflict; climate change
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Corbera, E.; Schroeder, H. REDD+ Crossroads Post Paris: Politics, Lessons and Interplays. Forests 2017, 8, 508.

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