The Politics of ‘Avoided Deforestation’: Historical Context and Contemporary Issues

  title={The Politics of ‘Avoided Deforestation’: Historical Context and Contemporary Issues},
  author={David Humphreys},
SUMMARY This paper outlines the ideas and political debates that contributed to the December 2007 decision of parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change to explore ways of reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries, what is referred to here as ‘avoided deforestation’ (AD). Although the decision reflected international concern at anthropogenic climate change and deforestation (especially in the tropics), the concept of AD, and contemporary debates on this subject… 
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