Practices of development assistance and climate change mitigation in reshaping the Mozambican REDD+ strategy
Virtanen, Pekka; Palmujoki, Eero (2020). Practices of development assistance and climate change mitigation in reshaping the Mozambican REDD+ strategy. Journal of Modern African Studies, 58 (4), 649-670. DOI: 10.1017/s0022278x20000592
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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press
This paper studies how the practices of climate change governance and development assistance have reshaped the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) process in Mozambique. We look at how the original goals of the Mozambican REDD+ strategy changed in the interplay of different governance-related practices, both those originating locally and nationally, and those coming from international organisations. The paper is based on the frameworks of multilevel governance and practice theory. We identify six combinations of practices that are relevant in the REDD+ programmes and projects. Three of them are incorporated in the general idea of sustainability, including practices of promoting environmental conservation, economic growth and social justice/development, while the remaining three practices are connected to climate-mitigation practices, for which the frame is defined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.