Power, actors and information: Special issue on REDD+ policy networks now complete - Global Comparative Study on REDD+

Power, actors and information: Special issue on REDD+ policy networks now complete

The complete special issue on REDD+ policy networks: Information flows, influence and coalitions for change, published in Ecology & Society, is now available. The special issue explores findings from comparative research into REDD+ policy processes in seven country cases.

Articles in the special issue examine how …

  • NGOs, government, and the private sector influence the REDD+ policy process in Brazil.
  • International actors are dominant in Cameroon, thus limiting national ownership of the REDD+ process.
  • Most information exchange in Indonesia happens within institutional silos – but not across the national government, national civil society and transnational actors.
  • In Kalimantan, it is important to bridge transnational standards with local knowledge and land management practices – but where it is the most important, it is the most difficult.
  • The views, interests and roles of important stakeholders outside the “development triangle” have been marginalized in Nepal.
  • The most influential advocacy coalition in Papua New Guinea is promoting business as usual.
  • Tanzania’s national REDD+ strategy largely reflects the positions of a discourse coalition controlled by powerful state actors.
  • Government agencies are dominating the REDD+ policy arena in Vietnam, and policy-making is slowly coming to reflect new ideas.
  • The honeymoon for REDD+ is over, as it moves toward implementation, as political costs become apparent and power struggles emerge in policy networks across all seven of these countries.

The guest editorial pulls it all together, and explores:

  1. Why policy network analysis is highly relevant to the study of REDD+ policy processes
  2. How to do a policy network analysis to investigate policy processes
  3. The “so what” – how a policy network lens helps us understand the political opportunities and challenges for REDD+.


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