The Institutional Complex for REDD : A ‘Benevolent Jigsaw’?

Forthcoming in: Christina Voigt (ed.) ‘Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law’ (Edward Elgar)

18 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015

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Harro van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute; University of Eastern Finland

Constance L McDermott

University of Oxford - Environmental Change Institute (ECI)

Date Written: August 12, 2015

Abstract

REDD is of undeniable relevance to various international legal regimes, including those for forests, climate change, biological diversity, human rights and trade, reflecting the diverse drivers and impacts of deforestation. In addition, transnational governance arrangements have started to complement intergovernmental efforts to help put REDD in practice. This chapter offers a mapping of the institutional complex for REDD, and discusses the main implications flowing from the interactions of multiple international legal instruments and governance arrangements. Although a greater level of coordination may help to establish a more productive division of labour, the tradeoffs inherent in the very idea of REDD limit the degree of coordination which is either possible or even desirable. It concludes that the international legal system for REDD is likely to remain pluralistic in the future.

Keywords: REDD, biodiversity, human rights, international environmental law, forests, climate change

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

van Asselt, Harro and McDermott, Constance L, The Institutional Complex for REDD : A ‘Benevolent Jigsaw’? (August 12, 2015). Forthcoming in: Christina Voigt (ed.) ‘Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law’ (Edward Elgar). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2642843

Harro Van Asselt (Contact Author)

Stockholm Environment Institute ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

University of Eastern Finland ( email )

PO Box 111
Joensuu, 80100
Finland

Constance L McDermott

University of Oxford - Environmental Change Institute (ECI) ( email )

South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QY
United Kingdom

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