Communicating climate change, REDD and political ecology: A global land question and prospects for agroecology
Abstract: Approaches to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) occupy a prime place among political proposals for mitigating climate change. This paper maps interconnections among four crucial dynamics associated with forestry and climate change that interface with REDD proposals: changes in agricultural needs, energy transitions, dynamics of communicating climate change at different levels and scales, and, livelihoods of forest dependent people. The paper places such dynamics within a political ecology framework with a focus on an emerging global land question. Finally, the paper argues that agroecology has important potential as a farming alternative within the politics of climate change. Keywords: Climate Change, Communication, REDD, Political Ecology, Agroecology Introduction
The need to tackle deforestation and forest degradation as a global response to human‐induced climate change has been consistently highlighted in local and global political spaces. Yet the question of how remains problematic. Since the definition of the Bali action plan,the goal of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) has reached a prime place among proposals to mitigate climate change. In fact, REDD is a point over which agreement in the COP 15 was reached and the Copenhagen accord establishes the following: “We recognize the crucial role of reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation and the need to enhance removals of greenhouse gas emission by forests and agree on the need to provide positive incentives to such actions through the immediate establishment of a mechanism including REDD‐plus, to enable the mobilization of financial resources from developed countries”. (Available at: http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2009/cop15/eng/l07.pdf)
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