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 School of Geography and the Environment

Maria Mansfield

The Beyond Carbon conference took place from 23-24 March 2012.

The conference saw over 100 delegates gather from the science community, government, NGOs and the private sector, to attend 2 intense days of presentations and discussion. The programme included 4 plenary sessions and 4 parallel sessions with 38 oral presentations. All abstracts, presentations and audio recordings from the conference can be found on the Programme and Presentation Downloads page.

The conference was co-hosted by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

The conference was funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.

Conference Rationale

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) has rapidly become a key pillar of international cooperation on climate change. 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+. They promote forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and forest conservation as well as deliver co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. A host of state and non-state actors at all levels of governance have entered this emerging policy field.

This 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+. Its particular aim was to discuss the limits and opportunities in deriving co-benefits from REDD+ activities.

Conference Themes

The conference themes were:

  • REDD+: From natural science to social policy
  • Framing the REDD+ discourse
  • Justice and equity in the context of REDD+
  • Ecological dimensions of justice and equity in REDD+
  • Socio-political dimensions of justice and equity in REDD+
  • Novel approaches to forest governance
  • Role of indigenous peoples and local communities in REDD+
  • Delivering more than carbon benefits through REDD+
  • Role of indigenous peoples and local communities in REDD+
  • Taking stock and next steps