Emerging from the scientific parameters underpinning REDD+ (including the measurement of carbon stocks, reporting and verification), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon considers the crucial challenges for global and national governance and the legal rights and interests of indigenous people and local communities, all of which have fundamental implications for development and poverty alleviation. With contributions from leading experts in the fields of law, governance, science, development studies and geography, it sheds light on the complexity of REDD+ and offers perspectives on the extent to which REDD+ agreements can be enforced under international law and in concert with new private and public domestic institutions.
Rosemary Lyster is the inaugural Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, where she is also the Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law. Catherine MacKenzie is a fellow of Selwyn College and a university lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge. She is also a research associate at the University of Oxford and a barrister and academic fellow of Inner Temple. Constance McDermott is a James Martin Senior Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Introduction; Part I. Framing the Problem: Perspectives from Law, Science and Governance: 1. International legal frameworks for REDD+: ensuring legitimacy Rosemary Lyster; 2. Tropical forests: carbon, climate and biodiversity Yadvinder Malhi and Toby R. Marthews; 3. Measuring tropical forest carbon stocks Valerio Avitabile; 4. The quiet woods: REDD+ in societies with intact rainforests Thomas K. Rudel; 5. REDD+ and multi-level governance: governing for what and for whom? Constance L. McDermott; Part II. Operationalising REDD+: 6. The financial aspects of REDD+: assessing costs, mobilizing and disbursing funds Charlotte Streck; 7. Designing, implementing and enforcing REDD+ schemes Catherine MacKenzie; 8. The science of measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) Ben DeVries and Martin Herold; Part III. Securing the Rights of Forest Dwellers: 9. Land and resource tenure: the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers Robert Fisher and Rosemary Lyster; 10. Payments for ecosystem services and environmental governance in Indonesia Jeff Neilson and Beria Leimona; 11. REDD+ and development Leo Peskett; 12. Brazil and Indonesia: REaDD+y or not? Simon Butt, Beatriz Garcia, Jemma Parsons and Tim Stephens.