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The Emergent Nature of National REDD+ Design: Lessons from Kenya

Author Affiliations

  • 1UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • 2College of Environmental Science and Engineering,Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • 3Key Laboratory of Yangtze River Water Environment, Ministry of Education, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 5, Issue (4), Pages 8-17, April,22 (2016)

Abstract

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, conserving and enhancing forest carbon stocks and sustainably managing forests (REDD+) is an important pillar of the post 2012 international climate change regime. However, since REDD+ is a highly contextual concept, national design and implementation strategies are taking different forms and approaches. Taking Kenya as a case, this study examined the influence of legacy forest governance on national REDD+ design by developing and using the Forest Governance – REDD+ Analytical Framework. The resultant findings show that legacy forest governance regimes and issues have had a significant influence on national REDD+ design, with the focus being on solving the existing forest governance issues before adopting alternative options altogether. This study thus contributes to the growing body of knowledge on the emerging nature of national REDD+ design, and the subsequent influence of legacy forest governance on its design.

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