Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Introductory Course on REDD: A Training Manual Introductory Course on REDD: A Training Manual

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The combined efforts of CCBA, CI, GTZ, RA, TNC and WWF led to the development of this training program. The reasons for doing this as a collaborative effort were to: i) Reduce duplication of effort by working together to create a common and uniform set of training materials; ii) Disseminate a consistent and high quality message to governments and stakeholders; iii) Reduce confusion among stakeholders and more effectively influence the way REDD is perceived and implemented in the countries where the consortium partners work.

Author: Peter Stephen, IDSS Pty Ltd

© Copyright 2009.
The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Rainforest Alliance, and World Wildlife Fund, Inc.

GOFC-GOLD: A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting GOFC-GOLD: A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting

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This sourcebook  is the outcome of an ad-hoc REDD working group of GOFC-GOLD (Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) that has been active since the initiation of the UNFCCC REDD process in 2005.  It provides a consensus perspective from the global community of earth observation and carbon experts on methodological issues relating to quantifying carbon impacts of implementation activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

GOFC-GOLD
July 2009

Carbon Rights in REDD+ - Policy Note Carbon Rights in REDD+ - Policy Note

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The definition of carbon rights is open to many different interpretations and is likely to vary between legal contexts. In the REDD+ debate, one interpretation is that carbon can be considered as a new form of property in forest ecosystems. It has potential value because of the creation of new markets and funds aimed at reducing carbon emissions or enhancing removals. This raises legal issues surrounding how rights to carbon as property, and the associated rights to transfer and trade carbon, are determined.

This policy note summarizes what carbon rights are, how they are relevant in REDD+ and the main implications that could arise for poor and vulnerable people.

From: Peskett, L. and Brodnig, G. 2011. Carbon rights in REDD+: exploring the implications for poor and vulnerable people. World Bank and REDD-net.

Legal Frameworks for REDD Design and Implementation at the National Level Legal Frameworks for REDD Design and Implementation at the National Level

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This book builds on related experience of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in the areas of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and climate governance under the UNFCCC. Distilling a wide range of information and insights on REDD and forest carbon PES from legal and policy experts, the publication presents a detailed overview of regulatory design and implementation options specifically for a non-lawyer audience. The report is based on substantive findings from four national case studies carefully chosen for their varying geographies, forest cover and deforestation rates, and stages of REDD preparations.

Costenbader, John (Ed.) 2009. Legal Frameworks for REDD. Design and Implementation at the National Level. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. xiv + 200 pp.

© 2009 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

Benefit Sharing in REDD+ - Policy Note Benefit Sharing in REDD+ - Policy Note

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Benefit sharing is usually used in the context of REDD+ to refer to how financial incentives transferred from international funds or carbon markets are shared between actors within recipient countries. This raises questions surrounding exactly what is being shared; which actors the benefits are being shared between; and as a cross-cutting issue, the formal and informal rules that govern benefit sharing between actors.

Drawing on experience from emerging REDD+ approaches and from existing benefit sharing schemes in development policy, this policy note outlines the different components of benefit sharing systems and considers their implications for poor people.

This brief summarizes a longer paper:
Pescett, L. 2011. Benefit sharing in REDD+: Exploring the implications for poor and vulnerable people. World Bank and REDD-net.

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