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Record number 429334
Title In pursuit of carbon accountability: the politics of REDD+ measuring, reporting and verification systems
Author(s) Gupta, A.; Lövbrand, E.; Turnhout, E.; Vijge, M.J.
Source Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4 (2012)6. - ISSN 1877-3435 - p. 726 - 731.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) green governmentality - climate-change - costa-rica - offsets - governance - biodiversity - forestry - space - materiality - legitimacy
Abstract This article reviews critical social science analyses of carbonaccounting and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems associated with reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and conservation, sustainable use and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). REDD+ MRV systems are often portrayed as technical. In questioning such a framing, we draw on perspectives from science and technology and governmentality studies to assess how MRV systems may exercise disciplinary power (through standardization, simplification and erasing the local) but also mobilize counterexpertise, produce resistance and thus have necessarily contingent effects. In doing so, we advance the concept of ‘carbon accountability’ to denote both how forest carbon is accounted for in REDD+ and the need to hold to account those who are doing so.
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