International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Forest Access and Polycentric Governance in Zambia's Eastern Province: Insights for REDD+1

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Increased attention to the role of forests in mitigating climate change through Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) underscores the importance of taking local forest access and user rights into account to protect forest-based livelihoods. This paper uses baseline data from a USAID-funded impact evaluation of a REDD+ program in Zambia to examine the multiple interests and institutional actors that converge on forests and explore how they intersect to shape forest access and tenure security. We analyze how forest users in this site on the cusp of REDD+ program implementation view local governance and navigate the institutions that shape current forest access and management, finding low rates of forest user participation in local forest governance and a weak accountability system. REDD+ safeguards potentially present both an opportunity and a mechanism to improve forest governance, but only if embedded into REDD+ processes and accompanied by structural change.

Publication Title

International Forestry Review

Publication Date

9-1-2017

Volume

19

Issue

3

First Page

265

Last Page

277

ISSN

1465-5489

DOI

10.1505/146554817821865108

Keywords

accountability, forest governance, forest tenure, institutionalism, Zambia

Disciplines

African Studies | International and Area Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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