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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) A Casebook of on-the-ground experience

The Nature Conservancy; Conservation Internationa; Wildlife Conservation Society

Advances in technology and practical implementation experience have created a growing body of research and evidence that reducing carbon emissions through forest conservation can be a credible part of the fight against climate change.  This report explores the primary challenges in demonstrating this credibility, including:

  • Demonstrating that the climate benefits from REDD areadditional (i.e. would not have happened anyway).
  • Setting realistic baselines (i.e. business-as-usual scenarios).
  • Measuring, monitoring, reporting and verifying the carbon stocks preserved in forests and actual emissions avoided.
  • Addressing leakage (i.e. the shifting of emissions elsewhere).
  • Managing risks to the permanence of the emissions reductions generated (i.e. strength in avoiding potential reversals).
  • Ensuring the involvement of and benefits to local and indigenous peoples.
  • Ensuring such efforts enhance, rather than undermine, environmental co-benefits.
  • Expanding the scale and scope of REDD efforts.