'Governing Congo Basin Forests in a Changing Climate. Actors, Discources and Institutions for Adaptation and Mitigation'
On Monday December 1st 2014 Olufunso Somorin successfully defended his thesis 'Governing Congo Basin Forests in a Changing Climate. Actors, Discources and Institutions for Adaptation and Mitigation'.
The Congo Basin forest, a transboundary pool of natural resources across six countries in central Africa (Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo), is at the centre of discourses on adaptation and REDD+ as policy responses to climate change. The deliberations among the mix of policy actors involved in the policy processes are focusing on contextualizing global discourses on adaptation and REDD+ on the one hand, and on designing institutional and management structures for policy implementation on the other hand. Governing adaptation and REDD+ in the Congo Basin presents a number of challenges for both scientists and policy practitioners. These challenges include: (i) competing discourses on institutional arrangements and policymaking on adaptation and mitigation; (ii) the low governance capacity of existing instruments for timber exploitation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood systems to deliver adaptation and REDD+ outcomes; (iii) socio-economic contexts of low human capacity, weak institutions and governance systems, high poverty and a low infrastructure base; and (iv) designing adaptation and REDD+ policies/ strategies to maximize their synergetic interactions.
The objective of this thesis is therefore twofold. First, it seeks to gain a better understanding of the governance processes of adaptation and REDD+ in terms of the actors involved, the overarching discourses and the existing and emerging institutions. Second, it aims to contribute to scientific analysis of governance of a forest-climate nexus using the case of a region that is relatively less studied in the literature.
A link to the recording of the defence and a digital version of the thesis can be found here.