Global climate policy initiatives are now being proposed to compensate tropical forest nations for reducing the emissions of carbon from deforestation and forest degradation. This effort has the potential to include developing countries more actively in international greenhouse gas mitigation and to address a substantial share of the world’s emissions which come from deforestation. A baseline is an essential precursor to a viable and robust international compensation scheme for reduced emissions from degradation and deforestation (REDD). Baselines provide a benchmark against which emissions reduction can be calculated.
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions