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From the introduction:
The world has finally accepted that climate change is not only happening but is
accelerating. As a result, political pressure for action on the issue is mounting:
one obvious way of tackling climate change is to concentrate on the 20 per cent
of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are caused by deforestation. While there
is general agreement that deforestation must be curtailed, intense discussions
continue about how this can be achieved, with attention now focussed on the
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation initiative, or REDD.
There are concerns that with so many countries and organisations involved and
lavish financial packages being discussed, lessons of the past will be ignored. This
must not happen. This briefing paper outlines both the history of schemes to
protect forest carbon resources and the position of present day discussions.