Acting optimally for biodiversity in a world obsessed with REDD+

Venter, Oscar, Hovani, Lex, Bode, Michael and Possingham, Hugh P. (2013) Acting optimally for biodiversity in a world obsessed with REDD+. Conservation Letters, 6 6: 410-417. doi:10.1111/conl.12018


Author Venter, Oscar
Hovani, Lex
Bode, Michael
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Acting optimally for biodiversity in a world obsessed with REDD+
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2013-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12018
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 6
Start page 410
End page 417
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract REDD+ presents novel options for conservation in the tropics, yet it is unclear how biodiversity-focused organizations or actors should react to these carbon-focused opportunities. Here, we critically assess for the first time the expected outcomes of five contrasting scenarios of engagement between a biodiversity actor and REDD+. We discover that in the Berau regency, Indonesia, it is usually beneficial for a biodiversity actor to react in some way to REDD+, but the preferred reaction depends on whether a REDD+ project is already developing in the region, and the scale and type of conservation objectives. In general, from a strict biodiversity perspective, the most cost efficient reaction to the presence of REDD+ is to use biodiversity funds to protect areas neglected by REDD+. Our results demonstrate that if biodiversity actors fail to adapt the way they pursue conservation in the tropics, REDD+ opportunities could go largely untapped.
Keyword Biodiversity conservation
Carbon emissions
Climate change
Ecosystem services
Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaes morio)
Systematic conservation planning
Tropical forest
REDD+
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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