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Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The REDD Mechanism: Possibilities, Concerns and Critique

Group 2. Emilia,Camille,Daniel,Minna,Morgane,Sarri, Amaranta.

Plan of the presentation

1. Introduction: What is REDD and how could it work? 2. Biodiversity and value of forests 3. Forest dependent people 4. Benefit distribution and tenure 5. Participation in governance and decision making 6. Conclusions and discussion

What is REDD?

REDD = Reduction of green house gas (GHG) Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in developing countries.

REDD is a climate change mitigation mechanism that includes forest carbon in the carbon market.

Developed countries provide funds to developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation or forest degradation. --> Forests are made more valuable standing than cut down.


The scope of REDD?

Terrestrial carbon, carbon bio-sequestration, "carbon sinks" RED REDD forest Reduction of Deforestation Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation of

REDD+ REDD + biodiversity value LULUCF AFOLU Land Use, Land Use change and Forestry Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use

The definition of words are important in REDD:

What is a forest? Deforestation? Degradation of a forest? Afforestation? Reforestation?

Biodiversity value of forests

- Credits from REDD should take into consideration biodiversity, which is actually the most important REDD+ will BETTER TO CONSERVE FORESTS AS THEY ARE -Biodiversity necessary to maintain ecosystem services ; genetic reservoir (could be needed in the future). - e.g : Tropical rain forests more biologically diverse than any other biome (80% of the earth's terrestrial biodiversity in the tropics). Two-thirds of the 250,000 species of flowering plants occur in the tropics. ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

- Forests : important providers of ecosystem services. - 4 categories: provisioning, regulating, supporting, cultural


Forest-dependent People

Three directly dependent people

The two adverse approaches to REDD+ Environmental Justice

A matter of capabilities not commodities.

Examples :
Madre de Dios

Benefit distribution
No benefits without costs! Net benefits = benefits - costs How are benefits defined? Who should get the benefits and why? Examples of criteria: Dependency Labour Carbon rights and tenure

Tenure and REDD

=the systems of rights, rules, institutions and
processes regulating recourse access and use. Key to shaping the distribution of risks, costs and benefits. There is great diversity in tenure contexts across countries with rainforests. Official tenure vs. traditional tenure Both, tenure and benefit distribution, rely and are conditioned by governance.

Participation in governance and decision making process

TOP DOWNprocess
Not all participants are necessarily included in the decision making.

Lack of understanding both directions Poor acess to decision making process Contact, but not consent Lack of participation of local stakeholders Misunderstandings , Lack of support

Stalled Action

Pro-poor interventions

Cross-sectoral coordination

Long term success

Multilevel governance Multistakeholder process


The entire system depends on carbon price volatility

REDD+ is a market mechanism embedded in neoliberal frame Final questions

Thank you for your attention!

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Cotula, L. & Mayers J. 2009. Tenure in REDD: Start-point or afterthought? IIED. ISBN 9781-84369-736-7. 67 pages.

Sources II
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3 groups: What solutions could be found to
Further include biodiversity value in the REDD mechanism

Include relevant stakeholders in all process levels

Distribute the benefits equitably