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

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Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society, Kyushu University, 744, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City 819-0395, Japan
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Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kyushu University, 6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City 812-8581, Japan
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Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), 2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0115, Japan
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Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, Macrossan Building (N16), Nathan QLD 4111, Australia
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University of Southern Queensland, West Street Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia
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Academic Editors: Timothy A. Martin, Esteve Corbera and Heike Schroeder
Forests 2016, 7(9), 195; https://doi.org/10.3390/f7090195
Received: 22 June 2016 / Revised: 9 August 2016 / Accepted: 27 August 2016 / Published: 31 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue REDD+ Crossroads Post Paris: Politics, Lessons and Interplays)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: REDD+; national governance structures; cross-sectoral coordination; stakeholder participation; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Papua New Guinea and Vietnam REDD+; national governance structures; cross-sectoral coordination; stakeholder participation; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Papua New Guinea and Vietnam
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Fujisaki, T.; Hyakumura, K.; Scheyvens, H.; Cadman, T. Does REDD+ Ensure Sectoral Coordination and Stakeholder Participation? A Comparative Analysis of REDD+ National Governance Structures in Countries of Asia-Pacific Region. Forests 2016, 7, 195. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7090195

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Fujisaki T, Hyakumura K, Scheyvens H, Cadman T. Does REDD+ Ensure Sectoral Coordination and Stakeholder Participation? A Comparative Analysis of REDD+ National Governance Structures in Countries of Asia-Pacific Region. Forests. 2016; 7(9):195. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7090195

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Fujisaki, Taiji; Hyakumura, Kimihiko; Scheyvens, Henry; 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, no. 9: 195. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7090195

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