Acting optimally for biodiversity in a world obsessed with REDD+

Venter, Oscar, Hovani, Lex, Bode, Michael, and Possingham, Hugh (2013) Acting optimally for biodiversity in a world obsessed with REDD+. Conservation Letters, 6 (6). pp. 410-417.

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REDD+ presents novel options for conservation in the tropics, yet it is unclear how biodiversity-focused organizations or actors should react to these carbon-focused opportunities. Here, we critically assess for the first time the expected outcomes of five contrasting scenarios of engagement between a biodiversity actor and REDD+. We discover that in the Berau regency, Indonesia, it is usually beneficial for a biodiversity actor to react in some way to REDD+, but the preferred reaction depends on whether a REDD+ project is already developing in the region, and the scale and type of conservation objectives. In general, from a strict biodiversity perspective, the most cost efficient reaction to the presence of REDD+ is to use biodiversity funds to protect areas neglected by REDD+. Our results demonstrate that if biodiversity actors fail to adapt the way they pursue conservation in the tropics, REDD+ opportunities could go largely untapped.

Item ID: 32995
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1755-263X
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, carbon emissions, climate change, ecosystem services, orang-utan (Pongo pygmaes morio), REDD, systematic conservation planning, tropical forest
Funders: The Nature Conservancy, Australian Endeavour Program, Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 09:40
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management @ 100%
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