Digging Deeper: Decoding REDD+01 September 2010 |
How will efforts to deal with climate change impact the forests of the Asia-Pacific region and the people who most depend on them? This is the second part in a series of media briefs produced to help regional journalists navigate what could become one of the great stories of our time.
REDD+ is a proposed mechanism to make forests more valuable living and healthy than dead or damaged. Its advocates believe it could help fix a lot of persistent problems in forest management. Its opponents fear it will make these things worse. It’s too early to tell, but this brief covers some important lessons learned after decades of successes and failures in forest management, and it asks how REDD+ could benefit, or burden, Asia-Pacific’s forests and the people who need them.