International Symposium on Costs and benefits of REDD plus

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Carbon, Forest, Upcoming Events

IISD List: That humans depend on nature for their existence is an obvious fact. That in time, however, modern societies have come to act as if nature’s services could be fully substituted has also been well acknowledged. Indiscriminate use of resources and a propensity to wasteful consumption has led to the degradation of natural ecosystems that have consequently accelerated the rate of change of natural systems including climatic patterns.

Over the last few decades, there have been several global, national and local measures attempted to stem the loss of natural resources, in order to ensure sustained wellbeing across generations. Responses were geared towards mitigating impacts related to parts of an unfolding ecological crisis. One focus area has been in the context of optimizing land use and land use changes, especially in ecosystems such as tropical forests. A key challenge in getting major stakeholders to adopt some responses is to demonstrate a pecuniary benefit in such action. The idea of payment for ecosystem services, carbon offsets and trading or  REDD plus underlines this need to design strategies that would help internalize various costs associated with positive acts to the environment and to actors considered stewards of the specific ecosystems – including indigenous and local communities.

What do these costs entail in the context of planning land use management decisions? Who is expected to bear them and who actually does? How are these costs defined and how do they affect the wellbeing of different stakeholders? How do they affect the integrity and resilience of ecosystems and people directly dependent on these ecosystems? Can a cost also be a benefit? What can mechanisms such as REDD plus achieve in real terms?  How does it impact carbon stocks, extent and quality of biodiversity and ecosystem services and livelihood security? Have market based incentive mechanisms delivered- or do we need to think of other mechanisms (e.g. multi benefit approach together with International funding systems ) ? Is it possible to develop a regional focus in a REDD plus Programme that goes beyond national priorities and strategies?

We are pleased to invite you to an International Symposium on Costs and benefits of REDD plus : What, Who, How and When?  To be held from 19-20 Sep, 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It is being co-organized by Hiroshima University, the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

These are some of the questions the symposium will address over two days, and several parallel sessions.

The symposium seeks

1. To Take  stock of current knowledge and information on costs and benefits of REDD
2. To Provide an opportunity to deliberate on funding systems to support REDD plus that protect the ecosystem services and also secure the socio-economic well being of local communities.

Detailed programme can be viewed here: http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=8&ddlID=1735

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