Linkages and win-win potential of biodiversity and REDD: GTZ International Forest Policy and the Secretariat of the Convention for Biological Diversity publish manual for Copenhagen

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The 40-page-brochure comes just right as an easily accessible introduction to the subject for the COP 15 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

In it, GTZ's sector project International Forest Policy (IWP) and the SCBD describe how policies can be shaped to address climate change, biodiversity loss and poverty at a time. The brochure points at synergies and mutual enhancement of the objectives of international agreements such as the UNFCCC and the CBD and of decisions taken by the UN General Assembly following the recommendations of the UNFF.

Authors Stefanie von Scheliha, Björn Hecht and Tim Christophersen explain the basic concepts of, among others, 'forest biodiversity' and 'ecosystem-based adaptation' and explore linkages between ecosystem-based adaptation measures to climate change and mitigation measures.

Their proposed approaches include broad stakeholder participation and pro-poor-policies; improving the adaptation capacity of forests to climate change; maintaining species migration routes;
and avoiding self-enforcing negative impacts of climate change.

"[...] no matter which mechanism is chosen under the UNFCCC framework, the integration of biodiversity and livelihoods into the design of REDD carbon credits has vast potential to result in more stable projects, improved permanence of carbon stocks, and higher prices, thus fulfilling the interests of all stakeholders."

ECO Consult accompanied the brochure's editing, design and production.

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