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|Title:||Risky business: an uncertain future for biodiversity conservation finance through REDD+|
|Citation:||Conservation Letters, 2011; 4(2):88-94|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Ecology, Evolution and Landscape Science publications|
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