REDD+ and Aggravating Conflicts Over Land: Locating The Politics Of Incentivisation Of Conservation In South India
August 8 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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A talk by Dr. Suhas R. Bhasme, Postdoctoral Research fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
The research focused on understanding the effects of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) on the lives and livelihoods of the local people. The study was carried out on pilot sites implementing REDD+, a global programme assisted by United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) in Shivamogga district, Karnataka, India. A qualitative approach is used to understand the social impact of the programme, creating awareness and educating the people about the growing destruction and degradation of the forest. The study shows that REDD+ does not support any structural and institutional reforms empowering the marginalised communities in the management of the forest. Instead, REDD+ sought to render forest conservation as a technical process, one in which a clearly defined and bounded problem- could be resolved through the provision of new knowledge, practices and technologies. The technology-driven approach obfuscates the existing conflicts over forest land and forest use between people and the state. Simultaneously, make forest legible and investible and helps the state wrest control of the forest from the local actors.
Dr. Suhas R. Bhasme is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environment, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), in Bangalore. His current research looks at the effect of neoliberal conservation approaches such as REDD+ on the lives of the local people. The research is part of Greenmentality project funded by Norwegian University. He earned his PhD in 2016 from Department of International Development, University of Sussex. His doctoral research points out the limitation of participatory governance of water and way ‘success’ produced by newly emerging water users associations in western India. Before moving to Sussex, he did his MPhil and M.A in Political Science from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published research papers in referred journals. He has been an associate editor for the journal World Development Perspectives published by Elsevier. His research interest includes understanding the politics of natural resources management, community participation, and agricultural development in rural parts of South India.