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Deforestation and Climate Change

Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Edited by Valentina Bosetti, Professor, Bocconi University, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, Italy and Ruben Lubowski, Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC, US
Deforestation and forest degradation have long been recognized as environmental problems, with concerns over conservation of natural habitats and biological diversity capturing both scientific and public attention. More recently, the debate over tropical forest conservation has radically shifted to the approximately fifteen percent of global greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by deforestation and forest degradation, and to the potential synergies from integrating forest management with climate change policies.
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Publication Date: 2010
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Economics
Deforestation and forest degradation have long been recognized as environmental problems, with concerns over conservation of natural habitats and biological diversity capturing both scientific and public attention. More recently, the debate over tropical forest conservation has radically shifted to the approximately fifteen percent of global greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by deforestation and forest degradation, and to the potential synergies from integrating forest management with climate change policies.

The goal of this book is to shed light on some of the major concerns, issues and challenges related to the inclusion of forest carbon in international climate policies, as well as to illustrate some of the potential solutions and paths forward. In addition, the book describes the status of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) in international climate policy negotiations, providing an historical perspective and highlighting the current positions of key international players that will frame the future debate at the national, regional and international level.

This study will find a broad readership among researchers and policymakers interested in the environment, climate change and resource management.
. . . the chapters make up a book of high value as the most up-to-date compilation on this hot topic, designed to be a reference for researchers and policymakers interested in the environmental and forest-resource management at the national, regional and international levels.’
– Ramón Elena-Rosselló and Santiago Saura, European Review of Agricultural Economics

‘Deforestation and Climate Change provides a comprehensive overview of the state of play in international regimes, programs and proposals for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. . . the book brings together a collection of papers canvassing some very important topics, cleverly crafted by the editors to flow rationally from general observations to quite technical evaluation of methods and approaches. It caters for a range of audiences who may have a little knowledge of climate change policy development.’
– Matt McIntyre, Australian Journal of Environmental Management
Contributors: K. Aoki, A. Aquino, F. Bietta, H. Boettcher, V. Bosetti, B. Bosquet, W. Boyd, A. Cattaneo, G. Floater, S. Fritz, A. Golub, M. Gusti, P. Havlik, G. Kindermann, R. Kopp, F. Kraxner, L. Leonard, R. Lubowski, I. McCallum, M. Obersteiner, S. Pagiola, P. Piris-Cabezas, N. Purvis, E. Rametsteiner, B. Reyers, D. Stone
Contents:

Preface

1. Deforestation and Emerging Greenhouse Gas Compliance Regimes: Toward a Global Environmental Law of Forests, Carbon and Climate Governance
William Boyd

2. From The Hague to Copenhagen: Why it Failed Then and Why it Could be Different
Federica Bietta

3. The European Union’s Position on REDD Financing
Pedro Piris-Cabezas

4. International Forest Carbon in the US Congress: A Survey of Key
Congressional Staff
Lou Leonard, Raymond Kopp and Nigel Purvis

5. Preparing for REDD: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
Benoît Bosquet, Stefano Pagiola and André Aquino

6. Incentives to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation: A Stock-Flow Approach with Target Reductions
Andrea Cattaneo

7. Towards a Sound REDD: Ensuring Globally Consistent Reference
Scenarios and Safeguarding Sustainability Co-Benefits
Michael Obersteiner, Ewald Rametsteiner, Florian Kraxner, Ian McCallum, Kentaro Aoki, Hannes Boettcher, Steffen Fritz, Mykola Gusti, Petr Havlik, Georg Kindermann and Belinda Reyers

8. Financing Global Forests: The Eliasch Review
Graham Floater and Duncan Stone

9. REDD and the Global Carbon Market: The Role of Banking
Pedro Piris-Cabezas

10. Options on REDD as a Hedging Tool for Post-Kyoto Climate Policy
Alexander Golub

11. Epilogue: REDD Past, Present, and Future
Valentina Bosetti and Ruben Lubowski

Index