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Carbon in Natural Systems
Deforestation of tropical landscapes accounts for more global carbon emissions than the entire transportation sector worldwide. Current efforts to protect tropical forests include: 1) the development of global carbon markets, where reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) can be monetized to support forest protection polices; and 2) international agreements to finance such policies. Our researchers are working to strengthen both tracks by:
working with international decisionmakers and conducting interdisciplinary research around REDD+ and forest carbon market design issues to help create strong policy frameworks and accelerate public and private action;
developing the Forest Carbon Index to compile and display global data relating to biological, economic, governance, investment, and market readiness conditions for every forest and country in the world, revealing the best places for forest carbon investments.
Our experts are also investigating the value of “blue carbon” stored in mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes, and how policy can protect and conserve those critical ecosystems.