Our Carbon, Their Forest: Understanding the Livelihood Implications for Forest Dependent Communities of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradationion

Our Carbon, Their Forest: Understanding the Livelihood Implications for Forest Dependent Communities of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradationion

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Title: Our carbon, Their forest?: The political ecology of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in developing countries

Aims and Objectives: My research aims to contribute towards a better understanding of how REDD policies can be designed and implemented to allow for the participation of, and benefits for, forest-dependent communities in developing countries.

The objectives of the research are to identify and analyse the key actors and forums for the development of national REDD policies, and to examine the extent to which these policy processes may lead to effective, efficient and equitable (‘3E’) REDD policy outcomes ‘on the ground’. The research will seek to answer the following research questions:

  1. Who is involved in REDD and what are their perceptions, interests and power relationships?
  2. What power do different actors have to realise their ‘vision’ and interest in REDD?
  3. What policies, processes, institutional arrangements and governance structures may provide for effective, efficient and equitable REDD?
  4. What lessons can be learnt for future REDD design from the development of first-generation REDD policies and processes?

Country focus: My research is primarily focussed on Papua New Guinea, but will also include a small comparative analysis of national REDD policy processes in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Research collaboration: My research is part of a broader Global Collaborative Study on REDD (GCS-REDD) being coordinated by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) – for more details see www.forestsclimatechange.org

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