Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries Under the UNFCCC: Caveats and Opportunities for Biodiversity
YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Vol. 21, Oxford University Press, 2011
42 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2011 Last revised: 26 Feb 2014
Date Written: March 15, 2011
This article analyses the scope for enhanced coordination in achieving the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in the forest sector. The two conventions encourage forest conservation and sustainable management from different perspectives. Although concerted action has so far been limited, the debate on the establishment of a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) under the UNFCCC has greatly augmented the scope for cooperation. Decisions on the design and implementation of REDD will determine where and how much forest is preserved, with important consequences for biodiversity conservation. The article summarises the potential biodiversity benefits and risks of REDD and reviews the debate on biodiversity safeguards in light of recent developments at meetings of the parties in late 2010. The article concludes that safeguards for REDD provide an opportunity to ensure consistency between biodiversity protection and climate change mitigation in developing countries.
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