The Legitimacy of Certification Standards in Climate Change Governance

C. de la Plaza Esteban, I.J. Visseren-Hamakers, W. de Jong

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This article explores the role of two private steering mechanisms, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), in REDD+, the climate change mitigation policy that aims to avoid deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. It does so by analyzing input and output legitimacy of the two certification standards at the global level, and at national and local levels in Peru. The findings show an increasing interest among REDD+ actors in using these standards, and a relatively large number of Peruvian REDD+ projects that are certified by the FSC or CCBA. The findings also suggest intrinsic linkages between input and output legitimacy of the FSC and CCBA within single governance levels and across different scales. The article also demonstrates the added value of studying the legitimacy of policy instruments, such as the FSC and CCBA, in a specific context such as REDD+. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-432
JournalSustainable Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • global environmental governance
  • sustainable development
  • institutional design
  • forest governance
  • co-benefits
  • carbon
  • market
  • redd+
  • state
  • accountability

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