Information networks and power: confronting the "wicked problem" of REDD+ in Indonesia

Information networks and power: confronting the "wicked problem" of REDD+ in Indonesia

This journal article suggests weak information exchange between the Indonesia national government, national civil society, and transnational actors when it comes to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). It argues that the emergence of brokers able to connect these different clusters will be crucial for effective and inclusive REDD+ governance. Although REDD+ has involved public consultation, this paper argues that decisions have remained top-down but that adaptive governance and transformational change require cross-scale and cross-sectoral communication.

The documented research used data obtained through semistructured and structured interviews held in 2011 with representatives from a broad range of organisations some way involved in the national REDD+ policy processes in Indonesia. It found that organisations perceived as most influential in REDD+ policy formulation, often, but not exclusively, those with institutional authority over particular aspects of REDD+, tend not to seek information from other actors and that organisations exchange information primarily within three clusters of similar organizations, with weak connections between clusters.

  1. How good is this research?

    Assessing the quality of research can be a tricky business. This blog from our editor offers some tools and tips.