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REDD+ and Human Rights: Addressing Synergies between International Regimes

Annalisa Savaresi, School of Law, University of Edinburgh


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The making of the REDD+ mechanism in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has raised specific concerns on how to reconcile incentives for forest carbon sequestration with the protection of the rights of the numerous communities that rely upon forests for their livelihood, shelter, and survival. Although the nascent REDD+ mechanism provides an opportunity to provide multiple benefits, the design of a framework to secure such benefits and avoid perverse outcomes has proven complex. I provide an overview of progress toward the establishment of such framework, arguing that concerns over the social impact of REDD+ activities may be addressed by resorting to clearer and stronger links with human rights instruments.

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climate change; FLEGT; forests; human rights; Nagoya Protocol; REDD+
Ecology and Society. ISSN: 1708-3087