Identifying Corruption Contact-Points: Fine-Tuning Priorities for REDD Governance in the Philippines
ASOG Working Paper 17-011
21 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 27, 2017
While it is generally accepted that “corruption is a significant enabler of deforestation in developing countries,” the extent of the impact of various corrupt activities on deforestation and forest degradation is difficult to accurately gauge. Using a framework by Meehan and Tacconi that considers two of its key manifestations, according to the rule corruption and against the rule corruption, this paper attempts to apply the framework in the context of REDD readiness in the Philippines. Meehan and Tacconi had applied the framework to Indonesia where they described its two key manifestations and this paper attempts to apply it in the context of the Philippines’ efforts toward the full implementation of REDD through the country’s Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA), as part of the UN-REDD Programme. The programme sought to attune its findings and recommendations to existing national documents, policies and mechanisms such as the Philippine National REDD Strategy (PNRPS) and Integrity Development Review. This paper then applies the manifestations of according to the rule corruption and against the rule corruption as it applies to Philippines’ REDD readiness and summarizes these in a list. REDD finance through the benefits sharing scheme is also presented to further contextualize the potential impact of corruption in the Philippines.
Keywords: REDD, Governance, Philippines
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