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Transparency in Global Environmental GovernanceCritical Perspectives$
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Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027410

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027410.001.0001

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Making REDD+ Transparent: The Politics of Measuring, Reporting, and Verification Systems

Making REDD+ Transparent: The Politics of Measuring, Reporting, and Verification Systems

(p.181) 8 Making REDD+ Transparent: The Politics of Measuring, Reporting, and Verification Systems
Transparency in Global Environmental Governance

Gupta Aarti

J. Vijge Marjanneke

Turnhout Esther

Pistorius Till

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the politics of measuring, reporting and verification systems (MRV) underpinning theREDD+ mechanism now being negotiated within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. REDD+ (r educing emissions from deforestation and forest d egradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) is a mechanism by which industrialized countries can compensate developing countries for reducing their forest carbon emissions. The authors, Aarti Gupta, Marjanneke Vijge, Esther Turnhout and Till Pistorius, analyze globalnegotiations around the scope and practices of REDD+ MRV systems, arguing that what should be measured, reported and verified, how, and by whom, are fundamentally political questions, although they are often portrayed as solely technical. This chapter pinpoints the role of transparency as a contested means to assess and reward environmental performance, in a broader context wherein forest carbon is becoming a valorizable yet unevenly distributed global commodity.

Keywords:   REDD+, transparency, disclosure, climate change, monitoring, reporting and verification

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