REDD plus: weighing-up the costs and benefits

  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•09•19    09:00 - 2011•09•20    12:40
    Kuala Lumpur

    This symposium will take stock of the challenges and opportunities facing REDD plus to develop suitable funding systems, protect ecosystem services and help curb climate change.

    On 19 to 20 September, an international symposium held in Malaysia will analyze the costs and benefits of REDD plus, an important international initiative to help prevent deforestation, protect ecosystem services and curb climate change.

    Co-organized by UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Hiroshima University, the
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), the symposium will take stock of current developments and deliberate on funding systems to support REDD plus activities.

    Over recent decades, numerous global, national and local measures have attempted to stem the loss of natural resources and to ensure sustained wellbeing across generations. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD plus” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

    This symposium will address questions of: What can mechanisms such as REDD plus achieve in real terms? How does REDD impact carbon stocks, the extent and quality of biodiversity and ecosystem services and livelihood security? Have market based incentive mechanisms delivered- or do we need to think of other mechanisms? Is it possible to develop a regional focus that goes beyond national priorities and strategies?

    More information on the symposium, including registration details, is available on the UNU-IAS website.