Special Section: Stabilizing a policy: reproducing REDD+

Edited by Adeniyi Asiyanbi and  Jens Friis Lund. Journal of Political Ecology 27:378-495. https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.v27i1

1) Adeniyi Asiyanbi, Jens Friis Lund. 2020. Policy persistence: REDD+ between stabilization and contestation. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 378-400 https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23493

At this time of rapid global environmental change and demands for sweeping societal transformation, we call for greater scrutiny of the persistence of particular policies and ideas. In this Special Section we focus on REDD+, which for long has enjoyed remarkable global support in spite of poor outcomes and widespread criticisms. […continued below]

The central policy proposition of REDD+, that is, forest-based emissions reduction through market-based instruments and non-market means, are now carried forth under the new banner of Natural Climate Solutions. We examine REDD+ to understand how and why some environmental policies and ideas persist despite dubious impacts. We conceptualize policy persistence by drawing on three strands of political ecology literature – critical policy studies, assemblage studies, and political economy – that illuminate the dynamics of policy persistence in different yet complementary ways. We argue that the persistence of policies and policy ideas rests in a tentative balance of the counteracting processes of stabilization and contestation, which precipitate both intended and unintended outcomes. We show how the stabilization of REDD+ itself lends stability to broader ideas of forest-based climate change mitigation. We suggest that policy persistence is an area of political ecological research, which now calls for renewed engagement.

2) Torsten Krause. 2020. Reducing deforestation in Colombia while building peace and pursuing business as usual extractivism?  Journal of Political Ecology 27: 401-418. https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23186

3) Franziska Müller. 2020. Can the subaltern protect forests? REDD+ compliance, depoliticization and indigenous subjectivities. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 419-435.  https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23198

4) Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen, Iben Nathan. 2020. REDD+ policy translation and storylines in Laos. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 436-455. https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23188

5) Abidah B. Setyowati. 2020. Governing the ungovernable: contesting and reworking REDD+ in Indonesia. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 456-475. https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23185

6) Adeniyi Asiyanbi, Kate Massarella. 2020. Transformation is what you expect, models are what you get: REDD+ and models in conservation and development. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 476-495. https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23540

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