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Maintaining natural carbon stocks can lead to other benefits that are additional to climate change mitigation effects. These ecosystem-derived benefits, which include biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services, result directly from maintaining natural ecosystems. Other benefits, sometimes termed ‘social co-benefits’, derive from the policies and mechanisms used to do so, and the social and political changes needed to implement them, such as clarification of land tenure and enhanced participation in decision making. The types, mixture and scale of these different benefits vary between approaches and locations.
UNEP-WCMC supports countries to address co-benefits in planning and implementing climate change mitigation measures, including REDD+. Our support is adapted to the countries' needs and priorities, and includes developing maps on the distribution of carbon in relation to protected areas, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services, as well as other guidance and tools. Some of this work also supports national efforts to prepare for REDD under the UN-REDD Programme.
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