The climate regime as global forest governance: can reduced emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiatives pass a dual effectiveness test?
For two generations, policy makers, environmental groups, industry associations and other stakeholders have given global forest deterioration concerted and sustained attention. Widespread disappointment over the failure to achieve a binding global forest convention at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit has been followed by frustration over the relatively limited impact to date of post-Rio forest-related global policy initiatives, including intergovernmental and non-state efforts. This paper argues that reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) initiatives will yield significant impacts only if decision makers are committed to a results-based dual effectiveness test, addressing both forest degradation and global emissions reductions, and involving significant and measurable global-scale targets. While the importance of such a commitment may appear obvious, lessons from past forest and climate efforts suggest that greater results-based accountability is needed to overcome short-term and narrowly defined organizational and national self-interest.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Yale Program on Forest Policy and Governance, 230 Prospect St. New Haven, CT 06511, U.S.A.
Publication date: September 1, 2008
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