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LAWS6324: Law Tropical Forests and Carbon

2024 unit information

The objectives of this unit are to assess, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the provisions in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). REDD+ acknowledges the substantial contribution that tropical rainforest countries can make to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, a number of important issues arise regarding forestry governance, land tenure, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and access to information, rights of public participation and adequate legal remedies to protect their rights. This unit investigates whether these issues are addressed in a meaningful way under the UNFCCC and also in select domestic jurisdictions especially Indonesia. The unit will include an analysis of the essential domestic institutions which need to exist before a REDD+ program can be effectively implemented. It will also address the strengths and weaknesses of the proposals that REDD+ programs should either be publicly funded by developed countries and donors or by the generation of REDD+ carbon credits to be traded in an international emissions trading market. Finally, the enforcement of the REDD+ provisions at International Law is considered. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

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Code LAWS6324
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
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Intensive November 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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