Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation: A Critical Review

Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-24, 2011

24 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2011

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Marc Hufty

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Annie Haakenstad

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Date Written: February 16, 2011

Abstract

“Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation” (REDD) is emerging as a major new climate change mechanism that could deeply impact the financial, social and institutional dynamics of deforestation, conservation, and development in many developing countries. It has the potential to influence global forest governance in a socially acceptable way. The mechanism as it stands needs much improvement to avoid the pitfalls of earlier forest governance mechanisms. The research, at this stage, is not sufficient to improve it. Most of the literature is fairly slanted towards technical issues and the prospective design of the scheme or normative opposition to it. Despite this copious amounts of scholarly and advocacy work, there is too little attention focused on the social and governance dimensions of the proposals.

Keywords: Reduced Emissions, Deforestation, Forest Degradation, Tropical Forests, Environmental Governance, Social Impacts

JEL Classification: R38, Q23, F35

Suggested Citation

Hufty, Marc and Haakenstad, Annie, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation: A Critical Review (February 16, 2011). Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-24, 2011 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1762525

Marc Hufty (Contact Author)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

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Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

Annie Haakenstad

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

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