Climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict: towards a landscape-based and collaborative action research agenda

Carol Hunsberger, Esteve Corbera, Saturnino M. Borras, Jennifer C. Franco, Kevin Woods, Courtney Work, Romulo de la Rosa, Vuthy Eang, Roman Herre, Sai Sam Kham, Clara Park, Seng Sokheng, Max Spoor, Shwe Thein, Kyaw Thu Aung, Ratha Thuon, Chayan Vaddhanaphuti

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Abstract

© 2016 Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID). Recent research has highlighted the conflict potential of both land deals and climate change mitigation projects, but generally the two phenomena are studied separately and the focus is limited to discrete cases of displacement or contested claims. We argue that research with a broader “landscape” perspective is needed to better understand the complex social, ecological and institutional interactions taking place in sites of land-based climate change projects (such as biofuel production or forest conservation) and large-scale investments (plantations or mines). Research that co-produces knowledge and capacity with local actors, and informs advocacy at multiple policy scales, will contribute better to preventing, resolving or transforming conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-324
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Climate change policies
  • REDD+
  • biofuels
  • land grabs
  • resource conflict

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