Writing the rule book on REDD

Since 2007, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) has become a major focus in negotiations over renewed commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). An effective REDD mechanism may enable developing countries to merge the goals of national forest protection with sustainable development, while providing a potentially effective and efficient climate change mitigation option to help combat climate change. For successful REDD regimes, national governments must have effective national legal frameworks to ensure that forests remain intact and standing on a permanent basis.

Authors meeting in Bangkok 3-4 October 2009, L to R Justice Nchunu, CEL; Melinda Janki, CEL Steering Committee, John Costenbader, ELC

A forthcoming IUCN publication on REDD national legal frameworks, to be released at the 15th COP to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen this December, includes both a substantive discussion on key legal issues relating to REDD (forest and carbon ownership, participation, benefit-sharing, and additionality/permanence), as well as four national case studies.

On 3-4 October, ELC Legal Officer and editor/co-author for the study John Costenbader organised a meeting in Bangkok during UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol negotiations to review work to date and develop an abridged toolkit based on the study findings. The meeting offered participants a chance to discuss work with experts, Parties and stakeholders, as well as inject the publication with the latest considerations from REDD negotiations.

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Environmental Law
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