Seminar: Leo Peskett, 'Is it time for REDD+ ‘version2’? Insights into governing forests through carbon from the first round of REDD+'

Past Event

18 November 2011, 5:15pm

School of Geography and Environment
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY

This event is hosted by The Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests

Speaker: Leo Peskett, freelance consultant and Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute

Abstract: ‘Avoided deforestation’ came into the international climate change negotiations in 2006 and rapidly rose to the top of the agenda, evolving as it did so to REDD and then REDD+ (‘reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, and fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks’). In late 2011 there is now talk of a ‘REDD+ version 2.0’ based on early experience and wider political and economic shifts.

This talk looks at how REDD+ has evolved and some of the challenges that it is facing. It focuses on key social and institutional issues surrounding the design of forest governance systems centred on carbon emissions reductions, such as carbon financing, building in performance and scaling up from project to national approaches. Examples from recent work on these issues will be discussed.

Biosgraphy: Leo Peskett is a freelance consultant and Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute. He has led the Institute’s work on climate change mitigation and development over the last few years, focusing particularly on the social, institutional and governance dimensions of ‘reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation’ (REDD+), carbon finance and bioenergy. He has been involved in research and advisory work on REDD+ over the past five years at international, national and local levels, for example working with negotiators on Norway’s ‘REDD Options Analysis Report’, involvement in REDD+ national strategy development, and conducting research on carbon forestry projects at the community level.

Leo holds a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.

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