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CBD Publishes Technical Study on REDD and Biodiversity

1 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a study that provides scientific and technical information on ways to ensure that the design and implementation of policies for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) support the objectives of the CBD.

The study, titled "REDD-plus and Biodiversity," published as CBD Technical Series No. 59, aims to: outline potential benefits of REDD+ for biodiversity and indigenous and local communities; demonstrate the importance of biodiversity and indigenous and local community co-benefits for the long-term success of REDD+; outline possible risks of REDD+ for biodiversity and indigenous and local communities, with a view to contributing to the development or improvement of appropriate policy recommendations; outline ways in which the CBD can contribute to the success of REDD+, and in turn, outline the potential ways in which REDD+ can contribute to the objectives of the CBD; and present various tools for achieving multiple benefits in planning and implementing REDD+ activities.

The study, which contributes to a broader series of regional consultations and capacity-building workshops in 2011-2012, is also intended to contribute to the achievement of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It includes an introduction on the state of play and sections on: risks in the REDD+ context; and seizing opportunities for biodiversity and REDD+. [CBD Press Release] [Publication: REDD-plus and Biodiversity]