The Little REDD Book: A Guide to Governmental and Nongovernmental Proposals for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (December 2008)

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 (December 2008)

The following summary of the publication is from The Global Canopy Programme:

Introduction to the problem.

The IPCC estimate of emissions from
tropical deforestation in the 1990s was 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon
per year equating to 20% of global carbon emissions. To create a
mechanism that addresses this problem, many differing proposals to
reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) have been
put forward to the UNFCCC, which has resulted in some confusion. This
non-partisan guide to the proposals is intended to accelerate

What is the Little REDD Book and who is it for?
The Little REDD Book is a guide to
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Developing
Countries (REDD) within the UNFCCC process. It includes a comparative
analysis of 33 key country and NGO/Scientific proposals. It aims to
help the broad audience of forest stakeholders participating in or
observing the UNFCCC process, including people who live and work in
tropical forests, Parties to the UNFCCC, NGOs, the scientific community
and the media.

What does the Little REDD Book contain?

The Little REDD Book sets out to
bring clarity – without over-simplifying – to a complex and
rapidly-evolving area. To do so, it focuses on providing a framework
for understanding any REDD proposal (past, present or future) and
presents comparative information through well-designed graphs and icons
within a clear layout. While principally aimed at non-specialists it
will also provide negotiators with a concise and practical overview for
quick reference.

Who are the partners in this analysis?

The Little REDD Book is based principally on analysis conducted by the Prince’s Rainforests Project
who have shared their latest research with the GCP. There has also been
collaboration with other partners whose work and insights are featured,
including Conservation International, IIASA, Terrestrial Carbon Group, CIFOR, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Nature Conservancy, TerraCarbon, FERN and the authors of the proposals for their comments and assistance in compiling this guide.

When was the book presented?

The book was compiled for
presentation at COP 14 in Poznan in December 2008. With just over a
year to go before a single agreement must be adopted at COP 15 in
Copenhagen, pressure is mounting on countries and organisations with
different interests to build on areas of common ground. To help inform
this ongoing negotiation, international research is increasingly being
focused on making sense of REDD’s complex technical landscape – this
publication serves as a non-partisan guide to that work.

How will the Little REDD Book develop in the countdown to COP 15 in Copenhagen?

The Little REDD Book will be
simultaneously published online, and after Poznan its comparative
graphs and tools will continue to be updated with any new and evolving
proposals. Updated print-editions are also planned for major meetings
in 2009, and it is hoped that the Little REDD Book publications will
serve as a much-needed platform for the many groups committed to
consensus-building at this critical time for forests.

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