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Advancing Forest-Related Adaptation: Options for Adaptation-Oriented REDD+

  • Andrew LongEmail author
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Part of the Environmental Protection in the European Union book series (ENVPROTEC, volume 4)

Abstract

The single most promising legal and political opportunity for simultaneously preserving tropical forests and combating climate change in the near future is the developing REDD+ mechanism (for summaries of REDD+ proposals see Parker et al. 2009). REDD+ has been understood primarily, if not exclusively, as a mitigation mechanism by most commentators because it has the potential to significantly reduce the nearly 20 % of global greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the forest and land use sector. However, as REDD+ becomes established, it will inevitably have a significant impact on adaptation in tropical forest regions. This impact will not necessarily be beneficial, but design choices made now—in the early stages of REDD+ development—can shape the mechanism to become a profoundly valuable instrument for advancing adaptation in tropical forest countries (for in-depth discussion see Long 2011; for a discussion focusing on biodiversity benefits see Long 2009). This chapter discusses the options for designing REDD+ to maximize adaptation benefit while retaining its mitigation value.

Keywords

Ecosystem Service Tropical Forest Clean Development Mechanism Climate Regime Clean Development Mechanism Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Coastal School of LawJacksonvilleUSA

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