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Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law

Edited by Christina Voigt, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
The REDD+ initiative for Reducing Emissions of greenhouse gases from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is an important tool, established under the UNFCCC, for incentivizing developing countries to adopt and scale up climate mitigation actions in the forest sector and for capturing and channeling the financial resources to do so. With contributions from legal experts, international relations scholars, climate change negotiators and activists, this Handbook eloquently examines the emerging governance arrangements for REDD+, analysing how and to what extent it is embedded in the international legal framework.

Extent: 496 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 830 9
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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Law
  • Law - Academic
  • Environmental Law
REDD+ (Reducing Emissions of greenhouse gases from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is an important tool under the UNFCCC for incentivizing developing countries to adopt and scale up climate mitigation actions in the forest sector and for capturing and channeling the financial resources to do so.

This Handbook eloquently examines the methodological guidance and emerging governance arrangements for REDD+, analysing how and to what extent it is embedded in the international legal framework.

Organized coherently into five parts, contributions from legal experts, international relations scholars, climate change negotiators and activists explore the history and design of REDD+ in the UN climate regime, as well as linkages between REDD+ and other international agreements. The book also considers global governance for REDD+, its financial dimensions including markets and investment and future developments and legal challenges. Detailed analysis from a range of angles illustrates the interplay of international norms and institutions and maps out a legal research agenda for identifying best practice solutions.

Shedding light on one of the most vibrant and fast-moving fields in international law, this comprehensive Handbook is essential reading for scholars of international law and international relations, policy makers in the area of climate change, REDD+ and land sector experts and NGOs.
‘The Research Handbook on REDD+ and International Law is to be commended for its broad-ranging analytical approach in identifying and addressing a multiplicity of questions arising across different areas of international law. This approach is as much needed for the further development and operationalization of climate law, as it is for the understanding of the evolution of international law in general.’
– Elisa Morgera, Edinburgh University School of Law and University of Eastern Finland

‘The climate crisis cannot be addressed unless deforestation, especially in tropical countries, is rapidly brought under control. REDD+ is emerging as the mechanism of choice to achieve this goal yet it remains a work in progress and is subject to a range of questions as to how it aligns with other elements that make up the complex international climate regime. This impressive collection, authored by leading scholars, practitioners and government advisors, provides a rich and timely account of REDD+ and the challenges yet to be overcome. It is indispensable reading for all those interested in global forest governance.’
– Tim Stephens, University of Sydney, Australia

‘Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is vitally important to global climate change policy, but even many veteran negotiators shy away from the topic because of its perceived complexity. Christina Voigt has brought together a distinguished group of contributors to produce this Research Handbook on the legal issues relating to REDD. Providing an authoritative overview of the subject, it will be the “go to” work for practitioners and the public alike.’
– Daniel Bodansky, Arizona State University, US
Contributors: H. van Asselt, R.R. Barrer, M.-C. Cordonier Segger, J. Costenbader, F. Ferreira, M. Gehring, K. Gover, J. Gupta, K. Hite, P. Horne, S. Jodoin, P. Keenlyside, A.G.M. La Viña, A. de Leon, A. Long, C.L. McDermott, E. Roessing Neto, C. Parker, A. Savaresi, M. Schwedeler, C. Streck, C. Voigt, A. Wardell, M.A. Young, O.R. Young
Contents:

Introduction: The Kaleidoscopic World of REDD+
Christina Voigt

PART I REDD+ IN THE UN CLIMATE REGIME: HISTORY, DESIGN, GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL ARCHITECTURE
1. History and Future of REDD+ in the UNFCCC: Issues and Challenges
Antonio G. M. La Viña, Alaya De Leon and Reginald Rex Barrer

2. The Warsaw Framework for REDD+: Implications for National Implementation and Results-Based Finance
Christina Voigt and Felipe Ferreira

PART II REDD+ LINKAGES TO OTHER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS
3. The Institutional Complex for REDD+: A ‘Benevolent Jigsaw’?
Harro Van Asselt and Constance L. Mcdermott

4. REDD+ and Interacting Legal Regimes
Margaret A. Young

5. The Legal Status and Role of Safeguards
Annalisa Savaresi

6. The Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Forest-Dependent Communities in the Complex Legal Framework for REDD+
Sébastien Jodoin

7. The Convention on Biological Diversity and REDD+
Andrew Long

PART III GLOBAL GOVERNANCE FOR REDD+
8. Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation Through International Law
Charlotte Streck and Michaela Schwedeler

9. REDD+, Tenure and Indigenous Property: The Promise and Peril of a ‘Human Rights-Based Approach’
Kirsty Gover

10. REDD+ and Multilevel Governance Beyond the Climate Negotiations
Ernesto Roessing Neto and Joyeeta Gupta

11. Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Getting Post-Earth Summit Forest Protection Back on Track
Peter Horne

PART IV REDD+ FINANCE, MARKETS AND INVESTMENT
12. Managing Fiduciary Risk in REDD+
Paul Keenlyside, John Costenbader and Charlie Parker

13. REDD+ Instruments, International Investment Rules and Sustainable Landscapes
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Markus Gehring and Andrew Wardell

PART V FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND LEGAL CHALLENGES
14. Rediscovering Ambition, Implementation and Operationalization
Patricia Elias

15. Adjudicating Disputes Across Scales: Global Administrative Law Considerations for REDD+
Kristen Hite

Index