Global efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) can deliver important benefits for biodiversity protection if targeted on areas that are both carbon and biodiversity-rich, according to a report published on Monday.
The report maps the global distribution of carbon and biodiversity to identify where co-benefits are highest, such as in the Amazon. But co-authors UNEP warn REDD could displace farming activities to low-carbon but biodiversity-rich areas such as the Brazilian Cerrado.
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