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CfP – Beyond Carbon: Ensuring Justice and Equity in REDD+

Conference on ‘Beyond Carbon: Ensuring Justice and Equity in REDD+ Across Levels of Governance’

St. Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom, 23-24 March 2012

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) has rapidly become a key pillar of international cooperation on climate change. Since its inception in 2005, REDD+ has grown in scope from being a cheap mitigation option and opportunity to address the 15-20% of global GHG emissions attributed to deforestation into a wider set of activities that reach beyond the carbon dimension of REDD+. They promote forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and forest conservation as well as deliver co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. A host of state and non-state actors at all levels of governance have entered this emerging policy field. 

This conference takes stock of these developments to date. It addresses them from both natural and social science perspectives and discusses the role of justice and equity in current debates on REDD+. Its particular aim is to discuss the limits and opportunities in deriving co-benefits from REDD+ activities.

The conference is supported by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the Tyndall Centre, the Environmental Change Institute, the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, and the Martin School at the University of Oxford, as well as the Earth System Governance Project.  

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for the following four themes:

  • Ecological dimensions of justice and equity in REDD+
  • Socio-political dimensions of justice and equity in REDD+
  • Role of Indigenous peoples and local communities in REDD+
  • How can REDD+ deliver more than carbon benefits?

Please submit an abstract of up to 400 words for oral presentations, specifying one of the themes above, at The deadline is noon GMT, 4 January 2012. Decisions will be sent by 9 January 2012. Full papers should be uploaded by 19 March 2012. Revised papers submitted to by 15 April 2012 will be considered for submission to a special issue in a high-impact academic journal.

For questions please email Maria Mansfield (

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