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published by Global Canopy in Dec 2008, is a guide to the proposed UN mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), which was a major issue of discussion at Bali and Poznan. It is the single biggest opportunity to halt deforestation in developing countries, and provide mitigation aid.
The IPCC estimated that tropical deforestation in the 1990s was responsible for 20% of world carbon emissions, 1.6 billion tonnes per year. Different REDD proposals to the UNFCCC have been put forward under the same acronym, which has resulted in some confusion. This non-partisan guide is intended to clarify and compare them.(Spanish and other translations are being prepared)
It aims to help the broad audience of forest stakeholders in the UNFCCC process, including people who live and work in tropical forests, government negotiators, NGOs, the scientific community and the media. With well-designed graphs (see examples online above) it provides a comparative framework for understanding any REDD proposal -- past, present or future.
See also Friends of the Earth, REDD Myths: a critical review of proposed mechanisms to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (Dec 2008) and Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Forest Resilience, Biodiversity, and Climate Change (Oct 2009) a synthesis of scientific research on what would work or not under REDD.
See also Foundation for International Law and Development (FIELD)'s study REDD-Plus (fall 2009)