“Is REDD the new green? Reconciling conservation conflicts.”
By Jaboury Ghazoul
Professor of Ecosystem Management
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Tue 13 Jul 2010: 2pm-3pm
DBS Conference Room 1
Block S2, Level 3 [map]
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Host: Prof. Navjot Sodhi
About the speaker – Jaboury Ghazoul is Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich. His interests lie in plant ecology, and specifically plant-animal interactions underlying plant reproduction, a subject he approaches from the perspectives of land use change, and conservation, as well as basic ecology. Although initially a marine biologist, Jaboury obtained his PhD in evolutionary ecology and then went on to specialize in tropical forest ecology, working in the forests of Vietnam, Thailand, and Costa Rica and now spending most of his time in India, Malaysia and the Seychelles.
After eight years at Imperial College London he moved to ETH Zurich where he established the current Professorship in Ecosystem Management. He is Editor-in-Chief of Biotropica and recently published, with Douglas Sheil, a book titled “Tropical Rain Forest Diversity, Ecology and Conservation“.
About the talk
“Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is the latest attempt to reconcile global carbon management, conservation and land use objectives into a universal win-win scenario.
Its appeal arises from the fact that it allows developed countries to atone for their carbon profligacy by paying developing countries to stop deforestation – itself a major source of carbon emissions.
In the process, conservationists are kept happy by virtue of the consequent forest, and hence biodiversity, conservation.
While very much in support of such measures, I also contend that the successful implementation of REDD is likely to be fraught with difficulties associated with future demand for competing land uses, as well as less direct effects on national and regional economies. I explore these possibilities and by doing so highlight possible current and future challenges that REDD schemes may have to overcome.”