REDD and Biodiversity

Forthcoming in: Jona Razzaque and Elisa Morgera (eds.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Law: Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (Edward Elgar, 2016)

16 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2015 Last revised: 11 Aug 2015

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Harro van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute; University of Eastern Finland

Date Written: July 30, 2015

Abstract

Born and raised under the umbrella of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the topic of reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD ) is of undeniable relevance to the regime established by the Convention on Biological Diversity. This chapter first outlines how REDD may both positively and negatively impact on biodiversity protection. It then discusses how rule development on REDD under the UNFCCC has increasingly sought to address biodiversity concerns through a system of biodiversity-related safeguards. Finally, the chapter illustrates how, in the absence of detailed rules agreed at the international level, rules developed at the national and transnational levels will play an important part in ensuring REDD contributes to, rather than undermines, biodiversity protection.

Keywords: Climate change, Deforestation, forest biodiversity, REDD, regime interaction, UNFCCC

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

van Asselt, Harro, REDD and Biodiversity (July 30, 2015). Forthcoming in: Jona Razzaque and Elisa Morgera (eds.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Law: Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (Edward Elgar, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637757

Harro Van Asselt (Contact Author)

Stockholm Environment Institute ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

University of Eastern Finland ( email )

PO Box 111
Joensuu, 80100
Finland

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