CBD Secretariat Issues Publication on the Use of Gap Analysis for Identifying Potential REDD Sites

3 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has recently published material regarding the relevance of its Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) gap analysis, which guides parties in identifying gaps in protected areas systems and in participation of indigenous and local communities, in relation to reducing emissions for deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

Many of the identified areas that lack protection are also potential

sites for REDD. The publication outlines four case studies in which the

PoWPA gap analysis revealed sites that not only require protection but

also have REDD potential: the Bahamas, Bolivia, Madagascar, and Mexico.

The paper concludes by suggesting that the CBD PoWPA gap analysis can

be a helpful tool for enhancing the synergies between the Rio

Conventions. [The Publication]