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Type: Journal article
Title: Risky business: an uncertain future for biodiversity conservation finance through REDD+
Author: Phelps, J.
Webb, E.
Koh, L.
Citation: Conservation Letters, 2011; 4(2):88-94
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1755-263X
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Jacob Phelps, Edward L. Webb, and Lian P. Koh
Abstract: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and through the conservation, sustainable management, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) offers unprecedented potential funding for forest conservation and associated biodiversity. However, as a growing number of biodiversity conservation projects link with carbon emissions mitigation efforts, they might also be exposed to significant financial risks. REDD+ projects currently face uncertainty over future demand for carbon credits, the potential for inconsistent donor support in the long-term, carbon market volatility, investor preference for low-cost emissions mitigation over cobenefits, and the possibility of a short-lived REDD+ mechanism. The private sector is aware of the associated financial risks, which remain largely unaddressed within the conservation literature. Biodiversity conservationists need to identify a balance between maximizing near-term REDD+ opportunities and insulating themselves from long-term financial risks. We describe some of the prospective financial risks for biodiversity conservation efforts linked with REDD+, and propose initial strategies for financial resilience.
Keywords: Biodiversity; carbon; emissions; finance; market; mitigation; REDD
Rights: ©2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
RMID: 0020137082
DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00155.x
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