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Promoting Biodiversity Co-Benefits in REDD

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Karousakis, K. (2009), "Promoting Biodiversity Co-Benefits in REDD", OECD Environment Working Papers, No. 11, OECD Publishing, © OECD.


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  • This article describes the potential for maximizing biodiversity conservation as part of a co-benefit of REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). 
  • One aspect of the paper is the discussion of whether afforestation and reforestation activities, if included in a REDD mechanism, would result in positive or negative impacts to biodiversity.
  • The author expresses that planting mixed native forest species might improve biodiversity by not only regenerating forests in previously deforested areas, but also increasing connectivity between forest habitats. 
  • However, the authors warn that if afforestation and reforestation activities instead encourage monoculture plantations and the use of invasive exotic species, there could be adverse impacts on biodiversity. 

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