Upcoming ESP seminar by Robert Ochieng: November 15, 2016

Date, Time, Location
Tuesday, November 15
Johnson Center, Room D

“Global ideas and discourses on REDD+ MRV and national institutions: Institutional effectiveness, Institutionalization and discursive politics”

Robert Ochieng
PhD candidate
Wageningen University

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REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries, and is a climate change mitigation policy developed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Robert Ochieng’s research specifically looks at the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) aspects. MRV is a crucial element of REDD+, since the policy aims for developing countries to be paid for verified emission reductions.

Robert Ochieng is a PhD student at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands and an intern at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). His PhD project examines the influence of global ideas and discourses on forest measurements for REDD+ on the development and evolution of institutional arrangements for forest measurements in developing countries. He is currently visiting ESP until November 19.

Robert has published the following 2 articles that are part of his PhD:

Ochieng R.M., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Brockhaus, M., Kowler, L.F., Herold, M. & Arts, B., 2016. Historical development of institutional arrangements for forest monitoring and REDD + MRV in Peru: Discursive-institutionalist perspectives. Forest Policy and Economics 71, 52-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2016.07.007
Ochieng, R.M., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Arts, B., Brockhaus, M. & Herold, M., 2016. Institutional effectiveness of REDD+ MRV: Countries progress in implementing technical guidelines and good governance requirements. Environmental Science & Policy 61, 42-52. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901116300788

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus