Lessons from carbon markets for designing an effective REDD architecture

Till Neeff, Francisco Ascui

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Consideration of incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is now formally part of the post-2012 climate change negotiations. A significant amount of financing will be required to make REDD a
success, but the design of the REDD architecture can determine the availability of capital. Therefore, in negotiations this should be considered at the same time and on an equal basis with methodological and political considerations. Detailed
consideration is given to the type of commitment, the financing mechanism, the level of incentive allocation, and the fungibility of carbon credits, in the context of experience from existing carbon markets. We conclude that a financially successful REDD mechanism would be based on a strong regulatory framework with mandatory targets, market-based, with some degree of project-level crediting, creating fungible REDD credits, subject to a cap.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-315
Number of pages10
JournalClimate Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • avoided deforestation;
  • carbon credits
  • carbon finance
  • deforestation
  • forestry
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • post-2012
  • REDD


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