Advocacy coalitions, REDD+, and forest governance in Papua New Guinea:how likely is transformational change?

Babon, Andrea, McIntyre, Daniel, Gowae, Gae Y., Gallemore, Caleb, Carmenta, Rachel ORCID:, Di Gregorio, Monica and Brockhaus, Maria (2014) Advocacy coalitions, REDD+, and forest governance in Papua New Guinea:how likely is transformational change? Ecology and Society, 19 (3). ISSN 1708-3087

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Tropical forests in developing countries are increasingly being valued for their role in carbon sequestration. Such interest is reflected in the emergence of international initiatives for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). REDD+ requires addressing both tropical forests as complex social-ecological systems and the multiple sectors involved in tropical forest resources, which may necessitate transformational change away from business-as-usual approaches to forest governance. We studied the potential for REDD+ to mobilize an influential coalition of actors promoting transformational change in forest governance in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a leading proponent of REDD+ internationally. Combining policy network approaches with the advocacy coalition framework, we identified four advocacy coalitions in the REDD+ policy domain in PNG and estimated the influence of each coalition. We found the most influential advocacy coalition is promoting the status quo rather than governance reforms capable of reducing deforestations and forest degradation, leading us to suggest that business as usual is the dominant perspective in the REDD+ policy domain in PNG. This may explain why, despite the large amount of REDD+ rhetoric, there has been only modest change in formal policy or practice in PNG to date. However, we did find influential coalitions calling for transformational change. Although these are currently minority coalitions, we identified several pathways through which they could increase their power to realize transformational change

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: advocacy coalition framework,advocacy coalitions,forest governance,papua new guinea,redd,transformational change,protected areas,policy networks,conversion,framework,beliefs
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2020 23:59
Last Modified: 14 May 2023 00:38
DOI: 10.5751/ES-06486-190316

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