Analysing access to the local REDD+ benefits of Sungai Lamandau, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Peter Howson, Sara Kindon

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Abstract

The R educing E missions from D eforestation and F orest D egradation (REDD +) project in S ungai L amandau was I ndonesia's first forest carbon finance initiative officially proposed by a community group upon land they intended to control autonomously. However, the flagging carbon market and government licensing obstructions stalled progress towards possible monetary gains. With a focus on the agency of local farmers, we explore the ‘bundles of powers’ that they mobilised to access the other diverse and, at times, elusive set of benefits within the REDD + project. In the absence of a formal tenure and ‘carbon rights’ regime, local actors' ability to benefit from the project was dependent on social relationships, REDD + knowledge and access to local markets and capital. The result was a benefit‐sharing framework of uneven distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-110
Number of pages15
JournalAsia Pacific Viewpoint
Volume56
Issue number1
Early online date8 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

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