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DOI 10.1007/s10531-014-0812-5
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Title (Primary) Discourse practices in environmental governance: social and ecological safeguards of REDD
Author Aicher, C.
Source Titel Biodiversity and Conservation
Year 2014
Department OEKON; UPOL
Volume 23
Issue 14
Page From 3543
Page To 3560
Language englisch
Keywords Tropical forest; Deforestation; International standards; Indigenous peoples; Knowledge systems
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract REDD and the ecological and social REDD safeguards are emerging phenomena. They have technical but also environmental governance dimensions. The complexity of forest governance demands multi-level and trans-disciplinary approaches. Drawing on concepts of science and technology studies (STS) and discourse analysis the article examines REDD and the ecological and social REDD safeguards from the perspective of environmental governance. The article looks at the ordering and disciplining effects of governance and the power relationships behind. It tries to explore to what extent social and ecological REDD safeguards serve to sustain biodiversity and functioning ecosystems as well as respect and reflect cultural settings, capabilities and categories of forest dependent communities and indigenous peoples. These local peculiarities are understood to be central for the conservation of diverse social-ecological systems. REDD tends to simplify views on forest and consequently is likely to have negative effects on ecological and cultural diversities. The ecological and social REDD safeguards have the potential to balance this. This possible effect will, however, depend to a great extent upon the ability of western scientific knowledge production systems to reflect hegemonic claims for truth on the one hand, and the capacity of local communities and especially indigenous peoples to develop alternative strategies and standards based on their knowledge systems on the other hand.
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Aicher, C. (2014):
Discourse practices in environmental governance: social and ecological safeguards of REDD
Biodivers. Conserv. 23 (14), 3543 - 3560 10.1007/s10531-014-0812-5