Editor James Blignaut
Protecting degraded rainforests: enhancement of forest carbon stocks under REDD+
Article first published online: 17 SEP 2010
©2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 3, Issue 5, pages 313–316, September 2010
How to Cite
Edwards, D. P., Fisher, B. and Boyd, E. (2010), Protecting degraded rainforests: enhancement of forest carbon stocks under REDD+. Conservation Letters, 3: 313–316. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00143.x
- Issue published online: 8 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 17 SEP 2010
- Accepted manuscript online: 26 AUG 2010 12:00AM EST
- Received 25 March 2010 Accepted 20 July 2010
- Agricultural conversion;
- community development;
- Kyoto protocol;
- selective logging;
The likely Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) mechanism includes strategies for the enhancement of forest carbon stocks. Recent concerns have been expressed that such enhancement, or restoration, of forest carbon could be counterproductive to biodiversity conservation, because forests are managed as “carbon farms” with the application of intensive silvicultural management that could homogenize diverse degraded rainforests. Restoration increases regeneration rates in degraded forest compared to naturally regenerating forest, and thus could yield significant financial returns for carbon sequestered. Here, we argue that such forest restoration projects are, in fact, likely to provide a number of benefits to biodiversity conservation including the retention of biodiversity, the prevention of forest conversion to agriculture, and employment opportunities for poor local communities. As with other forms of forest-based carbon offsets, there are possible moral hazard and leakage problems with restoration. However, due to the multiple benefits, we urge that enhancement of forest carbon stocks be detailed as a major component in the future negotiations of REDD+.