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    Author(s): John A. Parrotta; Toby Gardner; Valerie Kapos; Werner A. Kurz; Stephanie Mansourian; Constance L. McDermott; Bernardo B.N. Strassburg; Ian D. Thompson; Bhaskar Vira; Christoph Wildburger
    Date: 2012
    Source: IUFRO World Series Volume 31, p. 13-19.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
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    The relationships between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people are complex and interdependent. Reducing the rates of global deforestation and forest degradation will yield substantial gains for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation. Under appropriate conditions, it could also achieve significant social and economic gains. The degree to which these goals are met through a mechanism such as REDD+ will depend on the specific policies and practices employed. Should biodiversity and human well-being not be given sufficient consideration, there is a very real risk that REDD+ may fall short in achieving its objectives. To ensure that benefits from REDD+ are achieved, it is important to understand the underlying scientific premises for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; the relationships between carbon, biodiversity and people and how these are affected by management, as well as the broader governance context which frames REDD+. This assessment report aims to further this understanding by providing recent and policy-relevant scientific information to support decision-making on activities for meeting REDD+ objectives.

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    Parrotta, John A.; Gardner, Toby; Kapos, Valerie; Kurz, Werner A.; Mansourian, Stephanie; McDermott, Constance L.; Strassburg, Bernardo B.N.; Thompson, Ian D.; Vira, Bhaskar; Wildburger, Christoph. 2012. Introduction (Chapter 1). In: Parrotta, J.A., Wildburger, C and Mansourian, S. (eds.), Understanding relationships between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people: The key to achieving REDD+ objectives. A global assessment report prepared by the Global Forest Expert Panel on Biodiversity,Forest Management, and REDD+. IUFRO World Series Volume 31. Vienna. 161 p.

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