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Opportunities and challenges to capturing the multiple potential benefits of REDD+ in a traditional transnational savanna-woodland region in West Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23288617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The REDD+ scheme of the United Nations intends to offer developing countries financial incentives to reduce the rates of deforestation and forest degradation for reducing global CO2 emissions. This is combined with building carbon stocks in existing wooded ecosystems and fostering other soil, biodiversity and water conservation objectives. Successful application of REDD+ to the Xylophone Triangle of West Africa faces substantial challenges and risks to both meeting REDD+ objectives and to the local people's rights and livelihoods. The transnationality of the culturally coherent area requires collaboration of three national governments. The opportunities, however, are great to capitalize on the region's biodiversity, the well-developed traditional ecological knowledge and the use of local medicinal plants as an integral part of the agro-ecosystem. Possibilities open to, not only sequester carbon, but also to increase the resilience of the ecosystem and of independent rural livelihoods in the face of climate change and globalization.
E Gunilla A Olsson; Syna Ouattara
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2013-01-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ambio     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0044-7447     ISO Abbreviation:  Ambio     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-25     Completed Date:  2013-06-25     Revised Date:  2014-04-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364220     Medline TA:  Ambio     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Africa, Western
Carbon Dioxide / analysis
Climate Change*
Conservation of Natural Resources* / economics,  methods,  trends
Developing Countries
Forestry* / economics,  methods,  trends
Plants, Medicinal / growth & development
Rural Population
Trees* / growth & development
Reg. No./Substance:
142M471B3J/Carbon Dioxide

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