Navigation Links
Saving forests? Take a leaf from insurance industry's book
Date:4/18/2012

A group of environmental scientists say a problem-ridden economic model designed to slow deforestation can be improved by applying key concepts from the insurance industry.

REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is a UN-promoted scheme that allows countries to trade in carbon credits to keep forests intact. It is mainly targeted at developing nations where deforestation and exploitation are a major threat.

In a paper published online in the journal Conservation Letters, ecology researchers from Australia and South Africa argue that REDD projects can suffer from three major problems. They have proposed strengthening the scheme by using insurance policies and premiums, creating a new scheme known as iREDD.

"The idea of paying a nation to protect its forests in exchange for carbon pollution offsets can potentially reduce overall emissions by keeping the trees alive, and ensure a lot of associated biodiversity gets caught up in the conservation process," says Professor Corey Bradshaw, Director of Ecological Modelling at the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and a senior author of the paper.

"However, there are three main problems with REDD: these are known as leakage, permanence and additionality."

Leakage - "This occurs because the original forest area that was targeted for protection under the agreement remains intact, but the deforestation that would have otherwise occurred merely gets shifted to an adjacent forest, so the net effect is the same. It results in biodiversity loss and no emissions reduction," Professor Bradshaw says.

Permanence - "This problem occurs because there is no guarantee that your investment the forest remains intact for a sufficient period into the future to account for the carbon being offset."

Additionality - "This a way of describing 'what would have happened anyway'. In other words, if a particular area of forest was never targeted for deforestation, then being paid to maintain it is a false investment because the service was never in any real danger."

Professor Bradshaw and colleagues from James Cook University and the University of Pretoria have suggested using a form of REDD 'insurance policy' (iREDD) to avoid these problems.

iREDD involves the buyer and seller together assessing the risk in a forest conservation project, agreeing on that risk and then purchasing an insurance policy scaled to that risk.

"iREDD can be used to ensure that both the seller and the buyer are protected. In this case, the seller represents those who manage the forests, and the buyer is the company, nation or individual who wishes to buy into the forest for its carbon offset potential.

"In this scheme, everyone wins," Professor Bradshaw says.

"If the sellers fail, then the buyer is compensated and can invest elsewhere. If the sellers do well, they get more money. Most importantly, it increases the probability that atmospheric carbon will be reduced or at the very least, the rate of emissions will be slowed and the forest's associated biodiversity will remain, protecting thousands of species against local extinction."


'/>"/>

Contact: Corey Bradshaw
corey.bradshaw@adelaide.edu.au
61-883-135-842
University of Adelaide
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. UC research: Saving habitat key to songbirds survival
2. Naked mole-rats bear lifesaving clues
3. Saving the snow leopard with stem cells
4. Saving dogs with spinal cord injuries
5. Energy-saving chaperon Hsp90
6. Candid video clips from Thailand show anti-poaching efforts saving wildlife
7. A labor saving way to monitor vast rangelands
8. Turning hot air into energy savings
9. Serendipity leads to lifesaving discovery
10. School energy audits find millions in potential energy savings
11. New treaty on search for life-saving medicines in remote areas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/2/2016)... YORK , Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... facilities are primarily focused on medical screening ... measure point-of-care parameters. Wearable devices that facilitate ... user,s freedom of movement are being bolstered ... for human biomedical signal acquisition coupled with ...
(Date:2/2/2016)...   Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) announced today ... Office and the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency ... company,s Snapshot Kinship Inference software for ... defense-related DNA forensics.  Although Snapshot is best known ... ancestry from DNA evidence), it also has the ...
(Date:2/1/2016)... wallet ( www.wocketwallet.com ) announces the launch of a new video featuring ... Las Vegas , where Joey appeared at the Wocket booth ... , where Joey appeared at the Wocket booth to meet and ... at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES2016) in Las Vegas ... fans. --> --> The video ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... February 9, 2016 Three-Year Initiative Supports ... to Take Part in Life-Changing Camp ... designed to positively affect the lives of children born with rare ... --> SHPG ) is announcing a new initiative designed to ... well as the future of rare disease care. --> ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Feb. 8, 2016 Should antibiotic bone cement ... products to prevent infection after standard total hip or ... at ECRI Institute have been fielding a lot lately. ... Your Bottom Line?" --> "Antibiotic ... --> While there isn,t a ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Thomas J. Todorow has joined the ... for Corporate Services and the Chief Financial Officer at The Children’s Hospital of ... Managed Care Contracting, Supply Chain, and Investments. , Prior to joining CHOP and ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Franz Inc. , an ... technology, today announced the availability of AllegroGraph 6, the leading Semantic Graph Database ... Certified Technology Program (CCPT). AllegroGraph is the first Semantic Graph Database to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: