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

Rini Astuti*, Andrew McGregor

*Corresponding author for this work

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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
Externally publishedYes

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