The 5th UN-REDD Programme Policy Brief, ‘REDD+ and the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets: Promoting Synergies in International Forest Conservation Efforts’ was launched at a side event of the 17th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montréal, Canada, on Wednesday 16 October 2013.
Recognizing the multiple functions of forest, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the CBD have both initiated efforts to address the impacts of forest loss and degradation. Through the CBD, countries have agreed a set of “Aichi Biodiversity Targets”, including ambitious targets for the conservation, sustainable use and restoration of forests. Through the UNFCCC, countries are discussing a financial mechanism to promote REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks). . The majority of developing countries have ratified both the UNFCCC and CBD, and therefore may voluntarily participate in REDD+ and have committed themselves to achieve progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
The Policy Brief explores how REDD+ actions and the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets can mutually support each other. It is illustrated with examples from the Philippines and Tanzania, where ongoing initiatives aim at enhancing REDD+ multiple benefits, and especially the conservation of biodiversity. It concludes with some options to enhance synergies, which may be useful for REDD+ and NBSAP (National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans) decision makers to consider.
Download the Policy Brief in English. French and Spanish versions of this UN-REDD Programme Policy Brief will be available shortly on the UN-REDD Programme website.
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