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Comparative analysis of the driving forces behind the framing of REDD in industrialized countries

Tildelt: kr 37 000





2012 - 2012

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This grant would fund another research stay at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). FNI has already provided excellent ground for my research into Norway's environmental politics. Having secured continuous supervision from Prof. Steinar Andresen (FNI) and having established a network to other scholars in Norway, I am confident that, should I be successful, I would make full use of the grant and finish my dissertation chapter on Norway. The research stay is an essential part of my Ph.D which focuses on int ernational climate negotiations and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); examining the development of the mitigation mechanism 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation' (REDD). Since 2005 REDD has gained weight as a mitiga tion mechanism: Now at the top of the international negotiation agenda, the mechanism's success depends to a large extent on the financial commitment of donor countries. Norway's early inclusion of REDD in its 'International Climate and Forest Initiative' and it's facilitation of the REDD+ Partnership, firmly places Norway as the largest financial contributor to a REDD regime and is hence a leader in securing financial transfers from industrialized to developing countries. With Norway as the main case stu dy, my research analyzes the driving forces behind national framing of REDD. Drawing upon the theoretical tradition of Historical Institutionalism, the analytical approach seeks to investigate ideas and interests promoted by actors and institutions. A key and most challenging objective is to extract national motivations to understand policy changes and national preferences for this particular mechanism. Such an objective stems from previous work demonstrating that this has not yet been adequately addresse d with reference to REDD. The collection of missing primary 'field' data, mainly interviews with politicians and industry, is key to this project's success. Therefore another E.ON Ruhrgas grant would be very helpful