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Coordination and cross-sectoral integration in REDD+: experiences from seven countries

Korhonen-Kurki, Kaisa, Brockhaus, Maria, Bushley, Bryan, Babon, Andrea, Gebara, Maria F., Kengoum, Felicien, Pham, Thuy Thu, Rantala, Salla, Moeliono, Moira, Dwisatrio, Bimo and Maharani, Cynthia (2015). Coordination and cross-sectoral integration in REDD+: experiences from seven countries. Climate and Development,8(5):458-471.

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Title Coordination and cross-sectoral integration in REDD+: experiences from seven countries
Author Korhonen-Kurki, Kaisa
Brockhaus, Maria
Bushley, Bryan
Babon, Andrea
Gebara, Maria F.
Kengoum, Felicien
Pham, Thuy Thu
Rantala, Salla
Moeliono, Moira
Dwisatrio, Bimo
Maharani, Cynthia
Journal Name Climate and Development
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1756-5529   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84933073605
Start Page 458
End Page 471
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Earthscan Ltd.
Field of Research ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Ever since a global mitigation mechanism that aims to reduce emissions by avoiding deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) was introduced in climate change negotiations, governance challenges in implementing this concept in tropical forest countries have received considerable attention. In particular, multilevel governance has been identified as a key challenge, as REDD+ aims to tackle local deforestation activities through a global results-based financial scheme. This paper will present an analysis from seven REDD+ countries (Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Vietnam) where 293 qualitative interviews were conducted with national-level REDD+ actors. We examined what kind of multilevel coordination problems emerge, particularly in relation to horizontal, cross-sectoral coordination, and analysed these problems through the concepts of functional alignment, institutional complexity and accountability. We argue that there are problems with coordination that have emerged due to failures in recognizing the key multilevel issues. REDD+ is not adequately integrated into existing policies, and there is a gap between REDD+ and sectoral and national development policies. This leads to overlapping regulations and unequal resource allocation among sectors. Our analysis suggests that effective coordination mechanisms for REDD+ should be built on existing mechanisms and experience, include all the stakeholders, ensure the flow of information across the levels and harness the potential of REDD+ itself to overcome multi-sectoral problems. At the national level, there is great awareness of the issues that hinder coordination and effective REDD+ implementation, but this awareness does not seem to be matched by the actions taken to date.
Keywords climate change
forests
mitigation
REDD+
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2015.1050979   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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