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