Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) / by Editors: John A. Parrotta, Christoph Wildburger, Stephanie Mansourian
http://www.iufro.org/index.php?id=5303

[From Press Release] The report is the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of the relationship between biodiversity, forest management and climate change mitigation in the framework of the United Nations-backed initiative REDD+ (reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries). It examines the social implications of forest and land management interventions envisaged under REDD+, emphasizing the need for an integrated landscape management approach and the fine-tuning of local strategies that involve all people who have a stake in forests…

Forest loss is the second largest source of carbon dioxide emissions generated by humans. At the same time, it is a major cause of global biodiversity decline and could further reduce the ability of forests to effectively provide ecosystem services – services that nature supplies to humans, including carbon sequestration. As a result, human well-being – particularly for those people most dependent on forests and most vulnerable to poverty – could be significantly and adversely impacted.

While REDD+ actions can provide clear benefits, it is not always easy to predict or measure all impacts of such interventions on carbon and biodiversity as they depend on a variety of factors…

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