Will REDD payments save threatened species?

Only if we want them to; it won’t happen by itself!

The spectre of climate change casts a worrying pall over our planet’s biodiversity. Amidst the gloom, however, hangs many opportunities and one of the brightest of these is that the cost of carbon might save many of our tropical forests. That’s because in a carbon constrained world it makes sense to pay people more to NOT cut down their forests than they would make from clearing them. And in so doing it’s been realised that these payments might then also be one of our best opportunities for protecting the animals and plants found in these forests.

Read the rest of Oscar‘s article about the global REDD project in Decision Point 35.