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Linking REDD+ implementation with the CBD Biodiversity Targets

United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the CBD Secretariat

Date and Time
10 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

Any of the five forest-based climate change mitigation activities included in REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) can potentially contribute towards achievement of the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Similarly, indicators used to track progress and measure impacts of REDD+ and to assess the degree to which the UNFCCC safeguards are respected can help to report on progress towards achieving CBD targets. In this side event, UNEP-WCMC and IIASA will introduce a project (funded by Germany’s International Climate Initiative) that aims to link REDD+ implementation with progress towards the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The project will evaluate biodiversity impacts associated with REDD+ implementation in the Congo Basin and Brazil based on land-use modelling and biodiversity indicators, and will conduct related analyses for other countries. Current concepts for linking REDD+ outcomes with progress towards biodiversity targets will be presented and national partners will describe initial in-country experiences. Active input will be sought from participants to improve the project’s approaches and will guide the development of next steps.