Journal article

Guinea pig or pioneer: Translating global environmental objectives through to local actions in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia's REDD pilot province

Anna JP Sanders, Håkon da Silva Hyldmo, H Rut Dini Prasti, Rebecca M Ford, Anne M Larson, Rodney J Keenan

Global Environmental Change | Elsevier | Published : 2017


Many difficulties have arisen from top-down approaches to the design and implementation of global environmental initiatives. The concept of translation and other analytical features of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) can offer a way of conceptualising these difficulties and their practical effects. By translation, we refer to what happens in-between the formulation of international goals and the results of implementation, and more specifically, relations and negotiations within this broader process. We examine several aspects of translation in the case of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a prominent global environmental initiative. Using an ethnographic approa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted during 2013-2014 under a project of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), supported by the Noiwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), European Commission, UKAid, and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID, currently DFAT). It was further supported by an Australian Government scholarship through the University of Melbourne, and by the Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). We wish to thank and acknowledge the many organisations and individuals in Indonesia who contributed their time, knowledge and support, especially Yusurum Jagau from the University of Palangka Raya. We wish to thank Stale Angen Rye from NTNU for advice and support throughout, Chandra Jayasuriya from the University of Melbourne for preparation of the location map, and many other colleagues who contributed to this research. Lastly, we wish to thank three anonymous reviewers for their detailed and helpful comments on the original manuscript. Results and conclusions represent the views of the authors rather than supporting organisations.