REDD+ on hold: Lessons from an emerging institutional setup in Laos

Vongvisouk Thoumthone, Lestrelin Guillaume, Castella Jean-Christophe, Mertz Ole, Broegaard Rikke Brandt, Thongmanivong Sithong. 2016. REDD+ on hold: Lessons from an emerging institutional setup in Laos. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 57 (3), n.spéc. Food Politics and Relations in East Asia : pp. 393-405.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : AREA STUDIES / Quartile : Q3, Sujet : GEOGRAPHY

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Abstract : The prospects of receiving funding for REDD+ have set many developing countries on a pathway of policy reforms to integrate REDD+ in national legislation. Progress has been slow partly due to the lengthy international negotiations on REDD+ but also because the policy reforms have not been backed by sufficient commitment to make REDD+ implementation feasible. To contribute to a better understanding of why policy and institutional reforms have not been successful in taking REDD+ implementation further, we analyse the institutional landscape of the forestry and environmental sectors in Laos as a case in point. We interviewed stakeholders from national to village levels and found that REDD+ has been effectively on hold in Laos. This is because of recent institutional transformations, rapid staff turnover and limited implementation capacity of government agencies at the national and sub-national levels all of which have led to a heavy reliance on international support and external consultants. The result is that Laos may not be ready to benefit from the international agreement on REDD+. The situation in Laos provides a compelling example of how difficult REDD+ implementation has proven to be in countries where institution building is still in process. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt, forêt tropicale, séquestration du carbone, réduction des émissions, Politique de l'environnement, Accord international, Législation, Gouvernance, institution politique, Climatologie, Changement climatique

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique populaire lao, Asie du Sud-Est

Mots-clés libres : Forest carbon governance, Institutions, Laos, REDD+, South East Asia

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
P33 - Soil chemistry and physics

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : FP7

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Vongvisouk Thoumthone, National University of Laos (LAO)
  • Lestrelin Guillaume, IRD (LAO) ORCID: 0000-0001-6207-218X
  • Castella Jean-Christophe, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (LAO) ORCID: 0000-0003-3532-0728
  • Mertz Ole, University of Copenhague (DNK)
  • Broegaard Rikke Brandt, University of Copenhagen (DNK)
  • Thongmanivong Sithong, National University of Laos (LAO)

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