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  • REDD+ politics in the media: a case from Nepal

    The REDD+ discourse in Nepal is dominated by a small number of experts and development project implementers who portray REDD+ optimistically as an opportunity to benefit from carbon markets, argues a paper recently published in Climatic Change. The paper reported a limited representation of the interests and concerns of marginalized groups and local communities in the public debate, thus underplaying the complexities and challenges of REDD+ development and implementation. While the absence of debate on potential negative consequences can be explained partly by the dominance of optimistic voices in the media, it was also attributed to journalists’ limited access to independent knowledge and understanding of the issue. The resulting lack of balanced information in the public domain raised question about effective implementation and expected benefits of REDD+ in Nepal and beyond.

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