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
Date Written: July 30, 2015
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
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