Not all the roads lead to REDD+

We would like to invite you for a seminar organized by the REDD@WUR network. Dr. Kulbhushan Balooni, Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode and currently visiting scholar at the Environmental Policy Group, will give a presentation about the link between REDD+ and decentralized forest management.

This seminar will highlight that achieving REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus) additionality would be a challenge in the forests that are already seeing increased- biomass stocks and economic benefit flows due to decentralized forest management processes. Rather, REDD+ should be directed to incentivize conservation in degraded and unprotected forests, and promote reforms in regions where decentralized forest management processes are challenged by a range of issues. This seminar will support these arguments based on in-depth and longitudinal empirical investigation of Joint Forest Management in India’s Shiwalik hills. Dr. Balooni’s presentation will take about an hour, which leaves ample time for a good discussion about the topic.

About the speaker

Kulbhushan Balooni is Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. He is a Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, London and LEAD India. Currently he is a Guest Researcher at the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University. He has also been a visiting scholar to the National University of Singapore, University of Copenhagen and University of Tokyo.

He undertakes interdisciplinary research on environment, resources, development and policy in South and Southeast Asia. Within this broad area, he has been focusing on: decentralized governance; sustainability of local institutions and conservation; forest-based livelihoods and poverty alleviation; common property; and community-based management. His research has featured in Conservation & Society, Ecology & Society, Economic & Political Weekly, Geoforum, International Journal of the Commons, Society & Natural Resources, World Development and Unasylva among other journals.