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REDD in Brazil: a focus on the Amazon. Principles, criteria, and institutional structures for a national program for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – REDD

Brazil can contribute substantially to climate change mitigation if it reduces its greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and, simultaneously, makes progress in creating the foundations for low carbon development. A promising pathway for bringing about such development is REDD. As a contribution to the formulation of a new REDD strategy for Brazil, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, with support from the Secretariat for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of Brazil and the Center for Strategic Studies and Management, have produced this publication, which offers political, institutional, technical and operational principles for a REDD system. The objective was to select and analyse the options for institutional and operational arrangements for a REDD system that includes schemas for benefit-sharing and which could serve as the basis for a national strategy. The report focuses on the Amazon region, because it contributes the largest portion of national emissions.