Responding to the green economy: how REDD+ and the One Map Initiative are transforming forest governance in Indonesia

Rini Astuti*, Andrew McGregor

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses the technologies of government that proponents of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism are adopting to influence forest governance in Indonesia. It analyses the aspects of forest governance being problematised; the solutions being constructed; and who is influencing the production and content of these solutions. The research focuses on three aspects of the One Map Initiative: the forest moratorium; forest licensing; and new standards in participative mapping. Our findings show that the initiative has created new opportunities and constraints for forest reform. New disciplinary and participatory technologies have emerged that have created political spaces for activists to actively promote social and environmental justice concerns. However, our analysis also shows tensions for forest stakeholders between engaging in the new opportunities of the green economy and the risk of having political issues rendered technical.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2273-2293
    Number of pages21
    JournalThird World Quarterly
    Volume36
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2015

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