Reconsidering REDD+: Authority, Power and Law in the Green Economy
Part of the Politics of International Law series. Dr Julia Dehm (Senior Lecturer, La Trobe Law School) provides a critical analysis of some of the global legal infrastructures that have been established through emerging forms of climate governance. This talk interrogates the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+ scheme, and shows how carbon offset projects operate to reorganise social relations and to establish new forms of global authority over forests in the Global South, in ways that benefit the interests of some actors while further marginalising others. This investigation reveals how the operations of global governance distributes rights, power and obligations between scales, and illuminates processes by which authority is globalised while responsibility is localised. REDD+ ultimately unequally distributes the burdens and responsibilities of climate change mitigation onto marginalized populations in the Global South. With commentary from Professor Sango Mahanty (Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU).