From REDD+ forests to green landscapes? Analyzing the emerging integrated landscape approach discourse in the UNFCCC

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This paper explores an emerging discourse at the UNFCCC level - the integrated landscape approach discourse, which brings new understandings of how to approach forests in a climate change nexus. Its proponents argue that forestry, agriculture and other land uses cannot be seen in isolation, but need to be integrated into a single management process. I apply argumentative discourse analysis (Hajer, 1995) to a series of documents, statements, observations and interviews to identify and analyze the power of this discourse in the UNFCCC and in particular on the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) negotiations. The paper highlights the central arguments of its storylines, its main critique and identifies members of its discourse coalition. It also assesses its discursive power, and concludes that although storylines of the integrated landscape approach discourse may be well recognized in the UNFCCC, in particular at side-events (discourse structuration), it has yet to impose its logics and rationales in a profound way (discourse institutionalization).


  • Tobias Dan Nielsen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Forest Science
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • Climate change, Discourse analysis, Integrated landscape approach, REDD+, UNFCCC
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalForest Policy and Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Publication categoryResearch