08.07.2013 | ZEF: Greening REDD+ – Challenges and opportunities for forest biodiversity conservation

The international financing mechanism REDD+, as negotiated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aims at reducing the large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. There is great potential to create synergies between the REDD+ objectives for climate change mitigation and the objectives for biodiversity conservation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). At the same time, the mechanism entails substantial biodiversity risks related to its strong focus on carbon. Although a final decision on REDD+ is still pending, the international negotiations have already triggered much action on the ground from the development of national REDD+ strategies to the implementation of REDD+ pilot projects. This talk will give an overview of the international developments related to REDD+ and present a conceptual framework for the integration of biodiversity concerns into the implementation of REDD+ initiatives. Drawing on a number of case studies, e.g., from Peru and Kenya, the challenges related to biodiversity consideration under REDD+ will be discussed. As the future of REDD+ is still uncertain, the question is how current initiatives can be sustained in order to tackle global change in developing countries.

When: 08.07.2013, 17:00 – 18:30 h

Where: Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn in the right conference room, Walter-Flex-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn

Speaker: Christine B. Schmitt, Assistant Professor at the Chair for Landscape Management, University of Freiburg.

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