Title: Elements for the Expected Mechanisms on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD under UNFCCC
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS vol. 2 no. 4 p. 045024-1 045024-7
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC38206
ISSN: 0013-9351
URI: http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/1748-9326/2/4/045024/erl7_4_045024.pdf?request-id=6f638459-47cc-4452-bba2-020ba07daefc
DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/2/4/045024
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation account for 20% of the global anthropogenic emissions (IPCC WG I, 2007). Since the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2005, strategies and incentives for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) have emerged as one of the most attended negotiation items. It is not easy to build an international agreement on the role of REDD in a future climate change regime, but now we are close to an achievable historical decision on the future of forests: the Bali mandate on REDD. In this paper we suggest some elements for an effective long-term implementation of a REDD mechanism under the UNFCCC and for closing gaps in the forestry accounting system. These elements are related both to ecological and political processes, reflecting some of the most critical and debated negotiation points. The proposed elements are: a) carbon (C) losses from forests; b) incentives for all stages of reducing emissions, stabilizing and maintaining forest C stocks; c) national approach; d) data availability at national scale; e) conservativeness approach for carbon accounting.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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