Using systematic conservation planning to minimize REDD+ conflict with agriculture and logging in the tropics

Venter, Oscar, Possingham, Hugh P., Hovani, Lex, Dewi, Sonya, Griscom, Bronson, Paoli, Gary, Wells, Phillip and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2013) Using systematic conservation planning to minimize REDD+ conflict with agriculture and logging in the tropics. Conservation Letters, 6 2: 116-124. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00287.x


Author Venter, Oscar
Possingham, Hugh P.
Hovani, Lex
Dewi, Sonya
Griscom, Bronson
Paoli, Gary
Wells, Phillip
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Using systematic conservation planning to minimize REDD+ conflict with agriculture and logging in the tropics
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00287.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 116
End page 124
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article describes the first application of systematic conservation planning for prioritizing REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) strategies and agricultural expansion. For a REDD+ program in Indonesian Borneo, we find that the most cost-effective way to reduce forest-based emissions by 25% is to better manage protected areas and logging concessions. A more ambitious emissions reduction target would require constraining agricultural expansion and logging, which incurs opportunity costs. We discover, however, that these impacts can be mitigated by relocating oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) agricultural leases to areas that store, on average, 130 tons less carbon per hectare and are 8% more productive for oil palm. This reduces the costs of meeting REDD+ targets, avoids conflict with agriculture, and has the unanticipated effect of minimizing impacts on logging. Our approach presents a transparent and defensible method for prioritizing REDD+ locations and strategies in a way that minimizes development trade-offs and promotes implementation success.
Keyword Climate change
Decision science
Forest carbon
Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)
REDD+
Systematic conservation planning
Tropical deforestation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 13 September 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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