Recently reviewed REDD Resources

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the authoritative voice on climate change science (for which they shared the 2008 Nobel Prize). The IPCC’s recent 4th Assessment Report is the latest in a series of synthesis reports. Click on the title above for the most pertinent parts on climate change and tropical forests. You can read the whole chapter, but the most important stuff starts on page 514, section 7.3.1.2.

Food and Agricultural Organization’s State of the World’s Forests
The FAO issues a report on global forest issues every two years. This report contains the latest aggregated data internationally. The 2007 report is kind of wishy-washy, we here at TFG find the 2005 report more useful.

Who Causes Deforestation? Less Rural Farmers, More Corporations
Authors Butler and Laurance show…”In an interval of just 1–2 decades, the nature of tropical forest destruction has changed. Rather than being dominated by rural farmers, tropical deforestation now is substantially driven by major industries and economic globalization.”

Current Overview of Key REDD Issues
This paper examines the issues that arise when trying to create an economically and environmentally robust market-based REDD policy. The paper begins with an overview of the role of forests in climate change, and is followed by an examination of design elements that will affect the integrity of a REDD policy, including issues of scope, monitoring, baselines, leakage, stakeholder interests, permanence and liability, and the potential impact of REDD credits on the carbon market. The paper closes with an overview of the issues facing developing countries that would host REDD activities.