Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Landuses in Rainforests of the Tropics (REDD-ALERT)

Published on 12 April 2010

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Start Date: 1 May 2009 | End Date: 30 April 2010

Overview

The overall goal of this project is to contribute to the development and evaluation of market and non-market mechanisms and the institutions needed at multiple levels for changing stakeholder behaviour to slow deforestation rates of tropical landscapes and hence reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

This will be achieved through specific objectives of:

a) Documenting the diversity in social, cultural, economic and ecological drivers of forest transition andconservation, and the consequences, in the contexts of selected case study areas in Indonesia, Vietnam,Cameroon, and Peru as representative of different stages of forest transition in Southeast Asia, Africa andSouth America.

b) Quantifying rates of forest conversion and change in forest carbon stocks using improved methods.

c) Improving accounting (methods, default values) of the consequences of land use change for GHGemissions in tropical forest margins including peatlands.

d) Identifying and assessing viable policy options addressing the drivers of deforestation and their consistencywith policy approaches on avoided deforestation currently being discussed in UNFCCC and other relevantinternational processes.

e) Analysing scenarios in selected case study areas of the local impacts of potential international climatechange policies on GHG emission reductions, land use and livelihoods.

f) Developing new negotiation support tools and using these with stakeholders at international, national andlocal scales to explore a basket of options for incorporating REDD into post-2012 climate agreements.

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