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Is REDD+ More of an Institutional Affair than a Market Process? The Concealed Social and Cultural Consequences of an Ongoing REDD+ Project in Kolo Hills, Tanzania

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Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), P.O. Box 7012, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Forest Economics, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Chuo Kikuu, P.O. Box 3011 Morogoro, Tanzania
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Forests 2019, 10(8), 618; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10080618
Received: 9 June 2019 / Revised: 7 July 2019 / Accepted: 24 July 2019 / Published: 25 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Economics and Human Dimensions)
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Abstract

The neo-liberal rationale behind REDD programs aims to create a market for common resources, with monetary payment incentives as the most important driver for conservation initiatives. In reality, however, the chain of implementation from UN to village, encompassing numerous processes of design, planning, and practices at distinct levels and contexts, is more institutional and political than economic. This research project follows the planning and implementation process of a REDD+ project in the Kolo Hills, Tanzania. The analysis showed that the project’s main objectives were poorly understood by the men and women of the target group, who interpreted it as yet another top-down postcolonial project. The target group’s interpretations also made them act in accordance with their own cultural rationality and logic of practice and not as the donors and project implementers had assumed. The project objectives of the payment system, consciousness awareness and engagement of the target population, thus, seem to have failed, despite the donors’ and implementers’ claim of success. View Full-Text
Keywords: REDD+; carbon sequestration; climate change mitigation; social fields; logic of practice REDD+; carbon sequestration; climate change mitigation; social fields; logic of practice
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Bartholdson, Ö.; Abdallah, J.M.; Marquardt, K.; Salomonsson, L. Is REDD+ More of an Institutional Affair than a Market Process? The Concealed Social and Cultural Consequences of an Ongoing REDD+ Project in Kolo Hills, Tanzania. Forests 2019, 10, 618.

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