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Legitimacy of local REDD+ processes. A comparative analysis of pilot projects in Brazil and Tanzania
- Nantongo, Mary Gorret
- Environmental science & policy 2017 v.78 pp. 81-88
- decision making, Amazonia, Brazil, Tanzania
- This paper compares the legitimacy of pilot projects in Kilosa and Kondoa districts of Tanzania and the Amazon region in Brazil. The analysis is both normative – i.e., based on external criteria – and sociological – i.e., based on local people’s perceptions. Results show that the quality of decision-making in terms of local participation, balanced representation, openness and sufficient information increases local acceptability of REDD+. The research also suggests that power asymmetries may undermine legitimacy if not dealt with. Finally, the paper reveals that legitimacy outcomes differ under various contexts, which calls for REDD+ processes to be flexible.