Stimulating Interim Demand for Emission Reductions From Forests and Land Use

Feb 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Green House Gas Emissions, News, REDD+

A new report titled ‘Stimulating interim demand for REDD+ emission reductions: the need for a strategic intervention’ from the Interim Forest Finance project – a collaboration of the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and UNEP Finance Initiative  – has been launched and calls for a US$12bn boost for pre-2020 emission reductions from forests and land use.

If global deforestation levels are to be reduced by 50% by 2020, as much as 9,900 MtCO2 of emission reductions from forests and land use activities will need to be generated between 2015 and 2020. The report highlights that currently total potential demand for REDD+ emission reductions in the same period amounts to only 253 MtCO2 – less than 3% of the emission reductions needed.

If REDD+ is to play a significant role in incentivising a reduction in deforestation in tropical forest countries, it needs to provide far more than 3% of demand for the emission reductions that are causing deforestation and degradation.

The report authors argue that ignoring this gap will leave little incentive for tropical forest countries to divert resources towards REDD+ prior to 2020, or for the private sector to invest in REDD+ projects.

To avoid these risks, the report advocates that donor country governments, tropical forest country governments and public financial institutions work together to provide incentives, finance and technical assistance to effectively bridge the supply and demand gap.

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