Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00155.x
Title: Risky business: An uncertain future for biodiversity conservation finance through REDD+
Authors: Phelps, J.
Webb, E.L. 
Koh, L.P.
Keywords: Biodiversity
Carbon
Emissions
Finance
Market
Mitigation
REDD
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Citation: Phelps, J., Webb, E.L., Koh, L.P. (2011-04). Risky business: An uncertain future for biodiversity conservation finance through REDD+. Conservation Letters 4 (2) : 88-94. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00155.x
Abstract: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and through the conservation, sustainable management, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) offers unprecedented potential funding for forest conservation and associated biodiversity. However, as a growing number of biodiversity conservation projects link with carbon emissions mitigation efforts, they might also be exposed to significant financial risks. REDD+ projects currently face uncertainty over future demand for carbon credits, the potential for inconsistent donor support in the long-term, carbon market volatility, investor preference for low-cost emissions mitigation over cobenefits, and the possibility of a shortlived REDD+ mechanism. The private sector is aware of the associated financial risks, which remain largely unaddressed within the conservation literature. Biodiversity conservationists need to identify a balance between maximizing near-term REDD+ opportunities and insulating themselves from long-term financial risks. We describe some of the prospective financial risks for biodiversity conservation efforts linked with REDD+, and propose initial strategies for financial resilience. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Source Title: Conservation Letters
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/101605
ISSN: 1755263X
DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00155.x
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