REDD+: Tropical Forests, Climate Change and Green Governmentality

33 Pages Posted: 2 May 2014 Last revised: 10 Sep 2014

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Sam Adelman

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: April 28, 2014


This paper argues that tropical forests have become objects of climate and environ-mental governance. It begins with an analysis of the REDD mechanism in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which combines legal, market and scien-tific rationalities with measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) technologies in a neoliberal green governmentality regime that facilitates the commodification of tropical forests over the rights of their inhabitants and their importance as carbon sinks. International environmental law contains contradictory principles that favour the rights of sovereign states to exploit natural resources Westphalian sovereignty over the governance of forests as commons to promote climate stabilization and pro-tect the rights of indigenous peoples. The paper concludes with a discussion of alter-native conceptions of governance such as the New Global Commons and the Univer-sal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth.

Keywords: MRV, climate governance, UN convention

Suggested Citation

Adelman, Sam, REDD+: Tropical Forests, Climate Change and Green Governmentality (April 28, 2014). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/05, Available at SSRN:

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