Improving Governance to Avoid Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea


Event details

Date & time

Monday 01 March 2010


Miller Theater in Old Canberra House


Fiona Downs


Emma Aisbett
02 6125 4531

Deforestation and forest degradation is one of the greatest developmental and environmental challenges facing the world today. Increasingly poor governance is thought to be a factor contributing to the unsustainable use of forests. Poor governance, including corruption, illegal logging, and lack of accountability, have been well documented features of forest sectors in many countries, however there has been limited attention to whether and how governance conditions may be impacting upon the way forests are managed. The impact of corruption particularly has been understudied, as research into corruption has primarily focused on broader economic impacts of corruption. Poor governance in the forest sector is likely to become a more pressing concern as efforts to reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) result in large sums of money being directed towards forest sectors of many countries in which poor governance and corruption are prevalent. Understanding how poor governance may be impacting upon the management of forests and how this impact can be reduced will be vital to ensure programs such as REDD are effective. The research seeks to address the question of how to improve governance and avoid deforestation in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Fiona is a PhD student in the Environment and Resource Management program. Her research is interested in the relationship between governance and sustainable management of resources. She is particularly interested in the issue of corruption in the forest sector and how this may be contributing to deforestation and forest degradation.

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