SOAS University of London

The Promise and Legal Pitfalls of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)

Dr David Takacs (University of California – Hastings College of the Law)

Date: 24 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 24 November 2014Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Seminar

Proponents of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) extol it as the rare win-win-win in International Law: We could simultaneously mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, alleviate poverty, and protect biodiversity in the developing world. However, REDD+ faces numerous legal obstacles on the pathway to implementation.  In this talk, I will address three particular legal problems: 1) Who may own what property rights in forest carbon? 2) How do we implement a program of Measuring, Monitoring, Reporting, and Verifying compliance with REDD+ without violating sovereignty? and 3) How do we implement Environmental Democracy legal norms in building REDD+ programs.

Dr David Takacs is an Associate Professor of Law at UC Hastings where he teaches environmental law, biodiversity law, international environmental law and climate change law. He is also a member of the Law, Environment and Development Centre at SOAS. He holds a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University, an LLM from SOAS and a JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has published widely in international environmental law and he is the author of The Idea of Biodiversity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).

Organiser: LEDC

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