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Legitimacy of local REDD+ processes. A comparative analysis of pilot projects in Brazil and Tanzania

Author:
Nantongo, Mary Gorret
Source:
Environmental science & policy 2017 v.78 pp. 81-88
ISSN:
1462-9011
Subject:
decision making, Amazonia, Brazil, Tanzania
Abstract:
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.
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5826217