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Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks

Objective

At COP15 in Copenhagen one outcome was a commitment to develop a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing carbon stocks (REDD+). There is, however, only a limited research basis for such a mechanism particularly with regard to the need for understanding and monitoring the impact of REDD+ activities on climate effectiveness, cost efficiency, equity and co-benefits. I-REDD+ will approach these challenges from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. The overall objective will be to obtain an improved understanding of how the implementation of REDD+ mechanisms may 1) reduce emissions of GHG and maintain or enhance existing stocks of carbon in vegetation and soil of various land cover types; 2) impact livelihoods and welfare of local farming communities and differences between communities; 3) impact biodiversity conservation, and 4) provide a realistic framework for monitoring, reporting and verification of REDD+, including the importance of governance and accountability at multiple levels. To complement other research initiatives we propose to work in the uplands of Southeast Asia in the ‘Heart of Borneo’, Kalimantan, Indonesia, and in the northern parts of Lao PDR and Vietnam, and Yunnan in Southwest China. Rapid land use transitions from forest and shifting cultivation to other, more intensive land use systems and widespread forest degradation are occurring in these areas, making the potential for REDD+ particularly pronounced. Moreover, REDD+ may considerably impact on local economies, because of the high population densities in the region. The partners in I-REDD+ are leading research institutions in Europe and Southeast Asia, international research organizations, an NGO and an SME. The consortium has a strong emphasis on local dissemination and capacity development in order to ensure that project results influence REDD+ policy development at local, national and global level.
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Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Address

Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 753 893,50

Administrative Contact

Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)

Participants (13)

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LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER AGRARENTWICKLUNG IN TRANSFORMATIONSOEKONOMIEN (IAMO)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 187 370

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 279 600

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 300 199

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 240 989

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 234 132

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 123 696

KUNMING INSTITUTE OF BOTANY CHINESEACADEMY OF SCIENCES*KIB

China

EU Contribution

€ 118 714

TRUNG TAM SINH THAI NONG NGHIEP

Vietnam

EU Contribution

€ 89 040

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LAOS

Laos

EU Contribution

€ 88 800

WWF INDONESIA

Indonesia

EU Contribution

€ 117 078

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH

Indonesia

EU Contribution

€ 241 101

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 204 193

NORDISK FOND FOR MILJØ OG UDVIKLING

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 171 163

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265286

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 287 934

  • EU contribution

    € 3 149 968,50

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark