REDD refers to the reduction of emissions from deforestation and degradation, and refers to an incentives system by which industrialised countries pay tropical developing countries to reduce deforestation rates. Interest was first raised regarding the inclusion of REDD into the UNFCCC framework and Kyoto Protocol at the 11th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP-11), held in Montreal in 2005, under the broader theme of Avoided Deforestation (AD). Papua New Guinea led the REDD proposal in 2005 and interest in this proposal was sustained in following UNFCCC meetings. It is now a hotly debated mechanism that needs to be included in the post-2012 scenario when the Kyoto Protocol expires. The question remains to what extent can such a mechanism be effectively implemented in developing countries? This edition of NTS Alert takes a closer look at debates surrounding REDD, and suggests that while the initiatives to control carbon emissions are noble, results can only be determined once long standing problems of corruption, mis-management and disregard for local population needs are dealt with effectively.
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