Opportunities for achieving biodiversity conservation through REDD
Version of Record online: 19 NOV 2009
©2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 53–61, February 2010
How to Cite
Harvey, C. A., Dickson, B. and Kormos, C. (2010), Opportunities for achieving biodiversity conservation through REDD. Conservation Letters, 3: 53–61. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00086.x
- Issue online: 11 FEB 2010
- Version of Record online: 19 NOV 2009
- Received: 18 August 2009; accepted 9 November 2009.
- climate mitigation;
- forest degradation;
- protected areas;
- tropical forests;
The United Nations climate negotiations on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) provide a rare opportunity for conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity. Here, we explore the implications of REDD design and implementation options on biodiversity conservation and ways to link REDD with biodiversity conservation. From both a mitigation and biodiversity perspective, the most important immediate steps are to ensure that REDD is included in the new global climate agreement and maximizes the area of tropical forest conserved. It may also be possible to include guidelines or incentives within a REDD framework or in national implementation to channel funding to areas of high biodiversity. However, if the immediate steps above are not taken first, REDD will reach neither its mitigation nor its biodiversity conservation potential.