You are here: Home Knowledge Base Environment Bioenergy and Land Use in Developing Countries Solutions Grant emission reduction credits from conserving areas with high carbon storage value and provide an international certification scheme for sustainable biomass production. For this purpose, strengthen incentive mechanisms such as ...
Symposium 2009

Solution for Bioenergy and Land Use in Developing Countries

The Challenge

Food security and promoting modern uses of biomass as a source of energy are two key goals in developing countries. Are these conflicting interests impossible to reconcile or two ends of a common st ...

Food security and promoting modern uses of biomass as a source of energy are two key goals in developing countries. Are these conflicting interests impossible to reconcile or two ends of a common strategy?

Biomass is the most important source of energy in many developing countries, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa.

Grant emission reduction credits from conserving areas with high carbon storage value and provide an international certification scheme for sustainable biomass production. For this purpose, strengthen incentive mechanisms such as REDD (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation”).

The use of bioenergy is meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But emissions will actually increase once land with a high carbon storage value—such as rainforest, peat and grassland—is converted into cropland to produce energy crops. To prevent such conversion, it is essential to reach an agreement during future climate negotiations on REDD mechanisms.

Through REDD, countries would gain emission reduction credits from conserving areas with high carbon storage value, which would serve as an incentive to do so. In addition, the commitment to enhanced technology transfer towards developing countries could be used in return for conserving high carbon storage areas.

Further steps are the development of an international certification scheme for sustainable biomass production, including a strict target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Implemen- tations

    Implementation

    Related Solutions

    Solution
    Symposium 2009

    Start a “new green revolution” in the least developed countries by promoting the uptake of modern agricultural technologies, best practice procedures and the associated skills; development aid should focus on ...

    Start a “new green revolution” in the least developed countries by promoting the uptake of modern agricultural technologies, best practice procedures and the associated skills; development aid sho ...

    Start a “new green revolution” in the least developed countries by promoting the uptake of modern agricultural technologies, best practice procedures and the associated skills; development aid should focus on such agricultural development and the necessary finance.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2009

    Modernize traditional biomass use by using biogenic waste and residues in decentralized biogas and electricity production and by investing in more efficient biomass-burning devices.

    Modernize traditional biomass use by using biogenic waste and residues in decentralized biogas and electricity production and by investing in more efficient biomass-burning devices.

    Modernize traditional biomass use by using biogenic waste and residues in decentralized biogas and electricity production and by investing in more efficient biomass-burning devices.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2009

    Investment in bioenergy production in developing countries must integrate local farmers closely.

    Investment in bioenergy production in developing countries must integrate local farmers closely.

    Investment in bioenergy production in developing countries must integrate local farmers closely.

    Business