Topic: Seeing the forests for the trees: the Copenhagen Climate Accord and emissions from deforestation

Presenter: Dr Tim Stephens - The University of Sydney

One of the few positive outcomes of the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 was agreement on the need to abate emissions by reducing deforestation. Deforestation accounts for up to 20 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions globally. Reducing deforestation in tropical countries is a 'low-hanging fruit' for mitigating climate change in that it is comparatively inexpensive, and also entails a number of co-benefits, including the preservation of biodiversity. This seminar critically assesses the Copenhagen outcome on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation) (REDD) and considers what the future holds in store for the development of a credible public-financed or market-based REDD mechanism. Particular attention will be given to issues of enforcement and compliance for a REDD mechanism, drawing upon recent experience in the operation of the Kyoto Protocol compliance procedure. 

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact: Ms Beth Williams, ph: (07) 3346 9350, email:


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