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Biodiversity Conservation in the REDD.

Paoli, Gary D., Wells, Philip L., Meijaard, Erik, Struebig, Matthew J., Marshall, Andrew J., Obidzinski, Krystof, Tan, Aseng, Rafiastanto, Andjar, Yaap, Betsy, Ferry Slik, J.W., and others. (2010) Biodiversity Conservation in the REDD. Carbon Balance and Management, 5 (7). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1750-0680. (doi:10.1186/1750-0680-5-7) (KAR id:31179)


Deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics is a major source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The tropics also harbour more than half the world's threatened species, raising the possibility that reducing GHG emissions by curtailing tropical deforestation could provide substantial co-benefits for biodiversity conservation. Here we explore the potential for such co-benefits in Indonesia, a leading source of GHG emissions from land cover and land use change, and among the most species-rich countries in the world. We show that focal ecosystems for interventions to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia do not coincide with areas supporting the most species-rich communities or highest concentration of threatened species. We argue that inherent trade-offs among ecosystems in emission reduction potential, opportunity cost of foregone development and biodiversity values will require a regulatory framework to balance emission reduction interventions with biodiversity co-benefit targets. We discuss how such a regulatory framework might function, and caution that pursuing emission reduction strategies without such a framework may undermine, not enhance, long-term prospects for biodiversity conservation in the tropics.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1750-0680-5-7
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: Y1 - 2010/// [EPrints field already has value set] M3 - 10.1186/1750-0680-5-7 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Carbon Balance Manag [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Matthew Struebig
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 10:53 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:09 UTC
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