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McNeill D.,University of Oslo | Bursztyn M.,University of Brasilia | Novira N.,Gadjah Mada University | Purushothaman S.,ATREE Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment | And 2 more authors.
Land Use Policy

It is widely recognised that weak governance is a major constraint in planning for sustainable development, especially in the South. Sophisticated models that have been developed for assessing the likely effect of selected policies on land-use, and on sustainable development more generally, increasingly acknowledge this; but they do not include methods for taking this into account, in quantitative terms - which is what is necessary if such models are to be applied in practice. This paper begins by identifying the limitations of standard models in this respect, and then suggests a possible way to respond to the problem. We propose the use of what we call '. policy specific governance indicators', that is, indicators not of general government performance across the board, but rather of the actual performance of particular policies - or, if necessary, suitable proxies derived from similar policies. By reference to a case study from Brazil concerning controls on deforestation, we show how this can be done in practice, and built in to the planning model. And by reference to studies from Indonesia and India we explore how one might address still more challenging cases that may arise. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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