Research Handbooks in Climate Law series
Edited by Christina Voigt
Chapter 7: The Convention on Biological Diversity and REDD+
The CBD interfaces with REDD+ because the development of REDD+ holds significant potential to impact biodiversity and ecosystem services in forested developing countries, and because securing long-term carbon emissions reductions in tropical forests will require improvements in forest management that may correspond with biodiversity preservation. Thus, the development of REDD+ is important to the CBD regime and, given its experience and expertise, that regime can play a significant role in making REDD+ effective and sustainable. The CBD is particularly relevant to the emergence of REDD+ as a multiple benefit program, both in terms of making the case that REDD+ should be conceived of as a multiple benefit program and in operationalizing such a program. Accordingly, much of this chapter discusses REDD+ from a perspective that emphasizes non-carbon considerations, primarily biodiversity and social issues. Nonetheless, because carbon storage is the initial (and likely still the primary) motivation for REDD+, the chapter devotes some attention to explaining why REDD+ should be viewed in terms of multiple benefits and CBD’s role in advancing this vision and operationalizing it.
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