Previously published as: Environmental Management and Health
Online from: 2003
Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment
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Article citation: , (2012) "Forests and Climate Change – The Social Dimensions of REDD in Latin America", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 23 Iss: 5, pp. -
Edited by Anthony Hall
Controlling deforestation, which is responsible for about one-fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, has become a major tool in the battle against global warming. An important new international initiative – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) – provides economic incentives to forest users to encourage preservation of trees. Nearly all Latin American countries are introducing national REDD strategies and pilot schemes.
This book raises questions over some of the basic assumptions that underpin REDD policies in Latin America. It raises doubts about whether sufficient account is being taken of the complex social, economic, cultural and governance dimensions involved, advocating a comprehensive “social development” approach to REDD planning. Forests and climate change is the first book to comprehensively examine
REDD policies across Latin America, including a focus on social aspects. It will prove useful for academics and postgraduate students in the fields of environmental studies, environmental politics, geography, social planning, social and environmental impact assessment, development studies and Latin American area studies.
Policy makers, planners and practitioners working on REDD at national and international levels (both official and NGO sectors) will also find plenty of refreshing data in this resource.