Achieving Multiple Benefits through a UNFCCC Mechanism on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation

Author: Kapos, V., Miles, L., Herkenath, P.
Date Published: January 2007

CBD Technical Series No. 29

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently discussing the development of a mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries (RED). An effective RED mechanism could provide an unprecedented opportunity to contribute towards the goals of a range of multilateral environmental agreements and mechanisms, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), by helping to ensure that forests continue to provide vital ecosystem services, conserve biodiversity, and enhance livelihoods. The design and implementation of the mechanism will affect the degree to which these other benefits are obtained.