Land use and forestry based CDM in scientific peer-reviewed literature pre-and post-COP 9 in Milan.
Journal article, 2008

This article explores the science-policy interactions between peer-reviewed literature and decisions and declarations on Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) projects in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) taken at Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings. The results are based on a literature analysis capturing 88 articles published from 1997 to 2005. By using a matrix search method and a structured reading form, the method and analysis focussed on whether issues of CDM and LULUCF were presented as ‘supportive of the inclusion of LULUCF’ and ‘critical of the inclusion of LULUCF’. A matrix search method and a structured reading form were applied. Of the 88 articles, 66% included discussions supportive to the inclusion of LULUCF. Forty-nine percent had a first author affiliated in natural sciences. Only 19% had first authors affiliated in developing countries while the same number for contributing authors was 38%. The results show no clear connection between scientific literature and decisions and declarations, but indicate that policymakers set the research agenda by declarations, while researchers feed the process up until decisions are made.

CDM - COP - Land-use change - Forestry - Literature study - Negotiations - Policy - Research


Matilda Palm

University of Gothenburg

Madelene Ostwald

J Reilly

International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics

Vol. 8 249-274

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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

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