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Multi-actor governance of sustainable biofuels in developing countries: The case of Mozambique

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  • Schut, Marc
  • Cunha Soares, Núria
  • van de Ven, Gerrie
  • Slingerland, Maja
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    This paper describes and analyses the multi-actor governance process that made Mozambique the first African nation-state to develop a national policy framework for sustainable biofuels. The paper draws on findings from action research conducted in Mozambique between December 2008 and July 2012. We analyse interactions between the changing governance context, the course of the multi-actor governance process, and the choices in relation to governance framework characteristics and content for four successive stages of governance framework development. This provides the basis for reflection on the competences required for effective multi-actor sustainability governance, and a discussion about the role of the nation-state in sustainability governance of global economies such as biofuels.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 65 (2014)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 631-643

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:65:y:2014:i:c:p:631-643

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    Keywords: Bioenergy policy research; Certification; Regulation;

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