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Beccy Wilebore

Tropical deforestation and degradation contributes around 17% of global emissions of carbon dioxide, yet the Kyoto Protocol lacks any financial incentive to encourage developing countries to reduce emission from this source. REDD (payments for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) has been hailed as the answer, but while progress was made during negotiations at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in December, major efforts are still needed from the scientific community to develop effective and rigorous systems that can monitor and predict changes in global forest carbon stocks, and evaluate the consequences of different management strategies.