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CBD Launches Guide on Biodiversity and REDD

30nov_09_0130 November 2009: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) launched a guide titled "Biodiversity and Livelihoods: REDD Benefits," which provides an array of tools and examples for how synergies in the implementation of the UNFCCC and the CBD can be achieved through reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).

The guide highlights that while REDD is foremost a mitigation strategy, it can also provide significant adaptation benefits for societies, and calls for ecosystem-based adaptation measures that provide multiple benefits. It further highlights the role of indigenous and local communities, as well as community and small and medium forest enterprises, as partners and beneficiaries of REDD efforts. It suggests that forest conservation should be the management objective of REDD activities in primary forests, while sustainable forest management (SFM) and forest restoration should be applied in modified natural forests.[The Guide]