Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.031
Title: Win-win REDD+ approaches belie carbon-biodiversity trade-offs
Authors: Phelps, J.
Friess, D.A. 
Webb, E.L. 
Keywords: Carbon
Emissions
Forest
Leakage
Policy
REDD
Safeguard
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Citation: Phelps, J., Friess, D.A., Webb, E.L. (2012-10). Win-win REDD+ approaches belie carbon-biodiversity trade-offs. Biological Conservation 154 : 53-60. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.031
Abstract: Recent practise has revealed that conservation interventions that seek to achieve multiple benefits generally face significant, if under-recognized trade-offs. REDD+ policies present prospective win-win solutions for climate change mitigation, rural development and biodiversity conservation. Notably, protecting, enhancing and restoring forests for their carbon sequestration services has the potential to additionally promote the conservation of imperiled tropical biodiversity. However, it has become increasingly apparent that efforts to design a REDD+ mechanism that optimizes emissions reductions and associated co-benefits face significant environmental and economic trade-offs. We provide a framework for conceptualizing the major related policy options, presenting the associated trade-offs as a continuum and as functions of two key factors: (1) geographic targeting, and (2) the selection of specific forest management activities. Our analysis highlights the challenges of assessing trade-offs using existing data and valuation schemes, and the difficulty of paying for and legislating biodiversity co-benefits and safeguards within a future REDD+ mechanism. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Biological Conservation
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/114179
ISSN: 00063207
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.031
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