Biodiversity benefits of REDD activities mapped

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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