25 March 2012
Ensuring forest benefits are about more than carbon
ECI host successful conference on the role of justice and equity in REDD+
The Beyond Carbon conference saw 120 delegates from the science community, government, NGOs and the private sector gather for 2 intense days of presentation and discussion around the limits and opportunities in deriving co-benefits from REDD+ activities. Since its inception in 2005, REDD+ has grown in scope from being a cheap mitigation option and opportunity to address the 15-20% of global GHG emissions attributed to deforestation into a wider set of activities that reach beyond the carbon dimension of REDD+. The conference aimed to take stock of the developments to date, address them from both natural and social science perspectives and discuss the role of justice and equity in current debates on REDD+.
The conference programme included 4 plenary sessions and 4 parallel sessions with 38 oral presentations. The findings of the conference were immediately presented to an academic audience at the Planet under Pressure conference which took place in London, and will be further presented at the UNFCCC Bonn climate change meeting in May, and the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference Edinburgh, in July 2012.
The conference ran from 23-24 March 2012 and was co-hosted by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, and the Environmental Change Institute. The conference steering committee consisted of Dr Heike Schroder (ECI/UEA), Dr Thomas Sikor (UEA), and Dr Constance McDermott (ECI). The conference was funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and organised by Heike Schroeder and Maria Mansfield.