The Governance of Climate Change: Evaluating the Governance Quality and Legitimacy of the United Nations’ REDD-plus Programme

By Tim Cadman and Tek Narayan Maraseni.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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This paper outlines the evolution of the concept of global environmental governance, and its expression within climate-change related problem-solving institutions. A number of institutions address climate change on a global level, with a variety of institutional structures and processes. This leads to difficulties for comparative analysis, particularly when it comes to assessing quality of governance. Governance performance is important, since it helps stakeholders determine whether a given institution is sufficiently legitimate to merit participation, or whether their efforts are better served in other forums. Using a set of principles, criteria and indicators of governance quality, the paper provides an analysis of the ‘REDD-plus’ process (United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries). It highlights REDD-plus’ strengths and weaknesses and provides a rating of institutional legitimacy. It concludes with some observations on the challenges facing REDD-plus, and calls for the development of standards to ensure institutional quality-of-governance.

Keywords: Global Environmental Governance, Climate Change, REDD-plus, Quality-of-Governance, Legitimacy

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.103-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1011.168KB).

Dr. Tim Cadman

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, Faculty of Business, Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Is a graduate of Girton College Cambridge and holds a Doctorate from the School of Government in the University of Tasmania. He is the Sustainable Business Fellow in the Faculty of Business at the University of Southern Queensland, where he also lectures in politics, environmental policy, and sustainability. He is a Research Fellow with the Earth Systems Governance Project, and a Member of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. He specialises in global environmental governance, natural resource management, and climate change policy. His book Quality and Legitimacy of Global Governance: Case Lessons from Forestry will be published in the Palgrave Macmillan International Political Economy Series in 2011.

Dr. Tek Narayan Maraseni

Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments, Faculty of Business, Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments, Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Is a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments and is working in the areas of climate change adaptation, mitigation, and GHG emissions accounting/modelling. He completed a double BSc (Science and Forestry) in Nepal (1985-1991), and gained his MSc in Natural Resources Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. His PhD on the carbon sequestration potential of different land use systems was completed at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2007. His is the recipient of numerous awards and has over 60 publications to his name.

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