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Record number 430640
Title Trade-offs, co-benefits and safeguards: Current debates on the breadth of REDD+.
Author(s) Visseren-Hamakers, I.J.; McDermott, C.; Vijge, M.J.; Cashore, B.
Source Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4 (2012)6. - ISSN 1877-3435 - p. 646 - 653.
Department(s) Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) climate-change - forest degradation - reduced emissions - carbon payments - biodiversity - deforestation - plus - opportunities - conservation - management
Abstract Fundamental trade-offs exist between different land uses for carbon, livelihoods, economic development, biodiversity, agriculture and energy (especially biofuels). This article analyses the scientific debates on REDD+ trade-offs, co-benefits and safeguards, and shows how the development and expanded scope of REDD+ mechanisms have shaped these debates over time. We find substantial evidence that the non-carbon values of biodiversity conservation, equity and sustainable livelihoods are critical to both the legitimacy and effectiveness of REDD+, and argue that they therefore are better viewed as prerequisites than as values to be safeguarded. Scientists can contribute to the development of a more integrative REDD+ through interdisciplinary research and through a ‘learning architecture’ that supports the REDD+ policy development process with research dedicated to finding durable solutions.
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