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Global Forest Governance, Poverty, and Expert Knowledge in Ecuador: The Case of UN-REDD

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UN-REDD is a Global Forest Governance mechanism that aims to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests while offering incentives to forest inhabitants. This article studies the case of UN-REDD in the Ecuadorian Amazon through documentary research and content analysis. The findings show that the initiative conforms with a ‘Washington consensus on Poverty’ that portrays potential aid recipients as unknowledgeable and hence unable to act positively on their environment. As such, the frameworks and perspectives for forest governance of governmental and international institutions are legitimized, and expert knowledge is prioritized for environmental solutions, neglecting that of local people.

Affiliations: 1: University of California Santa Barbara


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