Displacement, Power and REDD+: A Forest History of Carbonized Exclusion

  • Emma Jane Lord
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management book series (PSNRM)


Global forest governance has taken a technocratic turn, as biophysical reporting, monitoring and verification methodologies link forestry to climate mitigation. Lord reveals the human consequences at a fine grain of detail, including political exclusion, appropriation of land and violence towards local marginalized groups in Tanzania. Technical policy requirements multiplied the plurality of expert actors present in the study area, undermined substantive representation of local people by their elected village authorities and worsened land tenure conflicts. Carbon accountability means both counting for carbon and holding to account those elite actors involved in REDD+ implementation as a normative imperative. This involves examining the politics of responsibility of NGOs as symbolic representatives for forest people.



This research was funded by an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship grant from the Masters programme ‘Sustainable Tropical Forestry’. Department of Food and Resource Economics—IFRO, University of COPENHAGEN, Denmark, and Gestion Environnementale des Ecosystèmes et Forêts Tropicales (GEEFT)—AgroParisTech, Montpellier, France. With thanks to Bernard Rubage Nzara for your interpretations skills and insightful discussions. The author gratefully acknowledges: Andreas Scheba, Laura Kmoch, Marjanneke Vijge, Julie Snorek, Vanessa Gamero, Miquel Domenech, Severine Van Bommel, Esther Turnhout, Samuele Lo Piano, Andrea Saltelli and the editors of this publication for your comments and assistance.


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  • Emma Jane Lord
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  1. 1.Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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