1st Edition

Political Ecology of REDD+ in Indonesia Agrarian Conflicts and Forest Carbon

By Jonas Hein Copyright 2019
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Indonesia’s commitment to reducing land-based greenhouse gas emissions significantly includes the expansion of conservation areas, but these developments are not free of conflicts. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of agrarian conflicts in the context of the implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and forest carbon offsetting in Indonesia, a country where deforestation is a major issue.

    The author analyzes new kinds of transnational agrarian conflicts which have strong implications for global environmental justice in the REDD+ pilot province of Jambi on the island of Sumatra. The chapters cover: the rescaling of the governance of forests; privatization of conservation; and the transnational dimensions of agrarian conflicts and peasants' resistance in the context of REDD+. The book builds on an innovative conceptual approach linking political ecology, politics of scale and theories of power. It fills an important knowledge and research gap by focusing on the socially differentiated impacts of REDD+ and new forest carbon offsetting initiatives in Southeast Asia, providing a multi-scalar perspective.

    It is aimed at scholars in the areas of political ecology, human geography, climate change mitigation, forest and natural resource management, as well as environmental justice and agrarian studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com/doi/view/10.4324/9781351066020, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction  2. Conceptual, theoretical and methodological underpinning for a political ecology of transnational agrarian conflicts  3. Rescaling of the governance of forests and land in Indonesia  4. REDD+, Privatization and transnationalization of conservation in Indonesia   5. Transnationalized agrarian conflicts in the REDD+   6. Conclusion: Towards a political ecology of transnational agrarian conflicts


    Jonas I. Hein is a Researcher at the Institute of Geography, Kiel University, Germany and Associate Researcher at the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik in Bonn, Germany. He completed his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Goettingen, Germany.