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Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers, Forest Conservation and Climate Change

Silvia Irawan, Earth Innovation Institute, US and Luca Tacconi, The Australian National University, Canberra
Intergovernmental fiscal transfers (IFTs) are an innovative way to create incentives for local public actors to support conservation. This book contributes to the debate about how to conserve tropical forests by implementing mechanisms for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

With Indonesia as a case study, the authors adopt an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on political science, economics, and public policy. They consider the theoretical justification, as well as the wider political and administrative context for developing the design of IFTs for conservation.
Extent: 208 pp
Hardback Price: $110.00 Web: $99.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 659 2
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
Intergovernmental fiscal transfers (IFTs) are an innovative way to create incentives for local public actors to support conservation. This book contributes to the debate about how to conserve tropical forests by implementing mechanisms for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

With Indonesia as a case study, the authors adopt an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on political science, economics, and public policy. They consider the theoretical justification, as well as the wider political and administrative context for developing the design of IFTs for conservation.

Students and scholars looking at conservation, ecological economics, decentralisation, forest policy and climate change will find this book to be of interest. It will also be of considerable use to policy-makers and practitioners working on forest policy, particularly those implementing REDD+.

‘With forests now enshrined in the Paris climate agreement, REDD+ initiatives and low emission development strategies (LEDS) will need insights like the ones provided in this timely and important volume to make a difference on the ground. The book draws on the perspectives of government officials from multiple sectors and at multiple levels to present a rich analysis of the economics, conditionalities and accountabilities for the design of intergovernmental fiscal transfers aimed at forest conservation – in competition with the income and jobs generated by natural resource exploitation. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking practical ways forward on climate mitigation.’
– Anne M. Larson, Center for International Forestry Research, Peru

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Theories of Decentralised Forest Management and Fiscal Decentralisation 3. The Cases of Riau and Papua Provinces 4. Factors Affecting Local Forest Governance 5. Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers and Indonesia's Experience 6. The Design of REDD+ and Decentralised Forest Management 7. Incentive Structures Influencing Subnational Governments’ Decisions on Land-use Change 8. The Distribution Formulae of IFTs for REDD+ 9. Conclusion Index