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Emily Boyd

Emily Boyd

Professor, Director, Docent

Emily Boyd

Are REDD+ community forest projects following the principles for collective action, as proposed by Ostrom?

Author

  • Abdul Razak Saeed
  • Constance McDermott
  • Emily Boyd

Summary, in English

Forested countries in the global south that have agreed to engage in REDD+, a policy mechanism for addressing climate change, are receiving support to improve laws, policies, systems and structures. As a mechanism initiated at the global level and seeking to use forests to address a global commons crisis (atmospheric carbon concentration), understanding how REDD+ translates into implementation at the local level is essential. Therefore, using a systematic review approach, we examined 15 studies of REDD+ in the context of public and/or community managed forests, drawn from a comprehensive application of inclusion criteria to identify relevant published peer-reviewed empirical research. The common property resources literature was used to highlight the role of local institutions in REDD+ and to distil how REDD+ community forest projects conform to Ostrom’s collective action principles. The review revealed limited sharing of information and decision-making authority with communities; a general absence of FPIC; and a lack of defined benefit sharing and conflict resolution arrangements in many of the REDD+ projects.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2017

Language

English

Pages

572-596

Publication/Series

International Journal of the Commons

Volume

11

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

International Association for the Study of the Commons

Topic

  • Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Collective action
  • Forest
  • Local communities
  • REDD+
  • Systematic review

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1875-0281