REDD+ on the rocks? Conflict over forest and politics of justice in Vietnam

Sikor, Thomas and Cầm, Hoàng (2016) REDD+ on the rocks? Conflict over forest and politics of justice in Vietnam. Human Ecology, 44 (2). pp. 217-227. ISSN 0300-7839

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In Vietnam, villagers involved in a REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) pilot protect areas with rocks which have barely a tree on them. The apparent paradox indicates how actual practices differ from general ideas about REDD+ due to ongoing conflict over forest, and how contestations over the meaning of justice are a core element in negotiations over REDD+. We explore these politics of justice by examining how the actors involved in the REDD+ pilot negotiate the particular subjects, dimensions, and authority of justice considered relevant, and show how politics of justice are implicit to practical decisions in project implementation. Contestations over the meaning of justice are an important element in the practices and processes constituting REDD+ at global, national and local levels, challenging uniform definitions of forest justice and how forests ought to be managed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: forest,justice,politics,reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation,vietnam
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 05:30
DOI: 10.1007/s10745-016-9821-1

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