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Designing REDD+ vis-à-vis Foreign Direct Investments

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Published on Oct 31, 2012

Title: Designing REDD+ vis-à-vis Foreign Direct Investments

Presenter: Asim Zia, Gund Fellow, Assistant Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics department at UVM.

Topic: Dr. Asim Zia on how the mainstream discourse on Global Climate Change has portrayed REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) as a "win-win-win" policy for mitigating green house gas emissions, conserving biodiversity and advancing sustainable economic development. While REDD+ is designed to promote forest conservation within the growing trend of marketization of carbon governance, simultaneous promotion of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) by transnational agricultural, mining, oil, biofuel and housing markets in the tropical countries poses complex challenges for designing and implementing effective REDD+ projects. This presentation explores some of the inevitable trade-offs that are typically faced with respect to resolving the leakage, permanence, additionality and baseline determination issues under REDD+ vis-à-vis FDI projects.

A Production of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an affiliate of the Rubenstein School for Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont

This event is part of the weekly Gund Tea Series, an opportunity for affiliates of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the broader University community to engage in robust discussion about topical research, current events, and relevant theory.

The Gund Institute is a hub for transdisciplinary scholarship, based at the University of Vermont and comprising diverse faculty, students, and collaborators worldwide. Together we conduct research at the interface of ecological, social, and economic systems, develop creative, practical solutions to local and global environmental challenges, and provide future leaders with the tools and understanding necessary to navigate the transition to a sustainable society.

To learn more visit: http://www.uvm.edu/~gundiee/

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