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Study highlights forest protected areas as a critical strategy for slowing climate change
Date:3/16/2010

ironment Facility (GEF). "In addition to protecting globally important species and ecosystems, the 2,302 protected areas supported by the GEF alone span over 634 million hectares and together store an impressive 30 billion tons of CO2"

International policies for compensating forest nations for REDD are under active negotiation. To access the resulting funds, developing countries will need to develop programs and institutions to reduce forest emissions. "Protected areas represent a valuable component of national REDD programs since they already contain the necessary institutions and infrastructure to handle funds, strengthen protection and generate results," said Claudio Maretti, Conservation Director, WWF Brazil. "Establishing protected areas usually clarifies land tenure and the associated carbon rights, which has been a sticking point in some negotiations."

In addition, the study estimates that the cost of creating and better managing protected areas is lower than many other options to reduce emissions from deforestation. Completing and managing a network of protected areas in the developing world might require $4 billion USD annually, which is roughly 1/10 of the capital that could be mobilized by international REDD policies.

According to the study, forest nations can strengthen the role of protected areas in their REDD strategies by:

  • Identifying where Indigenous Lands and Protected Areas would most effectively reduce deforestation rates and associated emissions;
  • Establishing national monitoring to measure deforestation rates and quantify carbon emissions reductions;
  • Establishing insurance mechanisms for illegal logging or forest fires;
  • Providing indigenous groups and local communities the information and capacities they need to participate;
  • Distributing payments transparently to reward those responsible for reducing emissions.


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Contact: Monica Echeverria
monica.echeverria@wwfus.org
202-495-4626
World Wildlife Fund
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