A plea for a REDD plus plus approach (with a massive participatory raising and nursing of trees in the agricultural environment)

C.J. Stigter, M.R. Vishwavaram

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Introduction There has recently been quite some discussion on the REDD planning, with REDD the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. This also applies to Indonesia and India, where we live. Discussing this for Indonesia, Yansen (2010) argues that “our participation in nature based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation is the right pathway to follow. (……) The development from REDD to REDD plus is a good sign of the changing paradigm on the plan itself. REDD plus does not just view natural forests as carbon stock, but far more importantly, as natural ecosystem service resources. (…..) Thus, a plan such as REDD plus not only gives us a chance to contribute to global warming mitigation, but also plays a significant role in conserving the tropical ecosystem itself”. We are convinced that another additional step has to be taken in this reasoning, making use of agroforestry. Agroforestry is discussed in Box I. Applying agroforestry we are mimicking nature, particularly some classical traditional tropical ecosystems (e.g. Stigter, 2010). We have to go a next step to REDD plus plus, that would mean not only conserving the tropical ecosystem, what we do with REDD plus, but creating and mimicking in agricultural production such tropical ecosystems. Such ecosystems not only sequester carbon dioxide but at the same time considerably improve the agricultural environment by the massive use of trees, raising and nursing them in a participatory approach in the often degraded agricultural environment (see again BOX I). This is at the same time an adaptation strategy to climate change (APN, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 2011


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