Policy Brief - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center

The Role of Forests in a Future Climate Agreement

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  • Donna Lee
| April 2013

This Viewpoint examines the possible role of REDD+ in the elaboration of a new agreement or arrangement under the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

Forests can play a significant role in helping to avoid dangerous climate change, and a global agreement under the UNFCCC would be uniquely placed to support efforts in this regard. The rising global demand for agricultural and other land-based products means that pressures on land are increasingly cross-border, and there is an accelerating expansion of the deforestation frontier. Smart domestic policies are critical to solving the deforestation challenge, and recent private sector interest in "sustainable agriculture" is encouraging. However, global agreements that value standing forests and provide incentives that positively impact land use change decisions can be an equally important tool.

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For Academic Citation: Lee, Donna. “The Role of Forests in a Future Climate Agreement.” Policy Brief, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center, April 2013.

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