Designing REDD+ to be just : considerations for a legally binding instrument

Maguire, Rowena (2014) Designing REDD+ to be just : considerations for a legally binding instrument. Asian Journal of International Law.

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The international climate regime is in the process of negotiating a legally binding instrument concerning Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The paper starts by exploring the complex web of decisions and advices that currently regulate REDD+ initiatives within the international climate regime. This is followed by an analysis of justice issues raised by non-state actors in the REDD+ international negotiations. The paper concludes by building on this analysis to identify some relevant considerations when seeking to design a just and legally binding REDD+ instrument. These considerations include: the impact of market- versus fund-based investment channels, the importance of defining a clear objective; the inclusion and role of international principles such as sovereignty, preventative action, common but differentiated responsibility, sustainable development, and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent; the appropriate design of REDD+ safeguards and the inclusion of grievance mechanisms within the instrument which provide guidance on resolving disputes associated with REDD+ investment.

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ID Code: 66432
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 13 December 2013
Keywords: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation REDD+, REDD+
DOI: 10.1017/S2044251313000325
ISSN: 2044-2513
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 23:39
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 11:43

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