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Including Mangrove Forests in REDD+

Lesley King of LTS International was commissioned by CDKN to write a briefing paper on Including Mangrove Forests in REDD+.

Download the paper here

Key messages from the paper:

  • REDD+ preparations have focused on terrestrial forests but recent studies show the carbon sequestration potential of mangrove forests in coastal swamps
  • Mangroves benefit coastal communities, particularly the fishing trade. Yet few carbon certification schemes under REDD+ are open to mangrove forests due to lack of carbon models for their deep sediment meaning communities are prevented from securing further financial benefit.
  • This policy brief, based on findings from a project in Kenya, suggests that existing social carbon standards are suitable for mangrove forest REDD+ projects
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