Do Definitions of Forest and Forest Degradation Matter in the REDD Agreement?

10 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2009

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Nophea Sasaki

University of Hyogo

Francis E. Putz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 5, 2008

Abstract

Given that widespread degradation of tropical forests causes the release of similar amounts of greenhouse gases as deforestation, managed forests could mitigate global warming while contributing to sustainable development. Unfortunately, in the international debates leading up to a post-Kyoto climate change agreement, the focus continues to be almost entirely on deforestation. Worse yet, unless safeguards are in place, continued use of the Kyoto Protocol's definition of forest could inadvertently accelerate forest degradation in developing countries putting the ecosystem functioning and the continuous flow of ecosystem services at risk. This report motivates the need for a new definition of forest and for inclusion of forest degradation in the new global climate change convention.

Keywords: redd, deforestation, forest degradation, carbon emissions, UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol

JEL Classification: N50, K32

Suggested Citation

Sasaki, Nophea and Putz, Francis E., Do Definitions of Forest and Forest Degradation Matter in the REDD Agreement? (December 5, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1306431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1306431

Nophea Sasaki (Contact Author)

University of Hyogo ( email )

Kobe, Hyogo 650-0044
Japan

HOME PAGE: http://www.ai.u-hyogo.ac.jp/~nophea/index.htm

Francis E. Putz

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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