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Business and Climate Policy

The Potentials and Pitfalls of Private Voluntary Programs

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Climate change has become one of the most important and challenging global policy fields. Attention has primarily focused on the successes and failures of states and intergovernmental organizations but many more actors are involved and contribute solutions. The contributions to this book assess the different potentials of existing schemes. They scrutinize how very different programs at national and international levels seek to marry complex public and private goals in and across industries addressing wide groups of firms. Lessons from these programs can help design and improve programs but they also show different types of pitfalls. Lessons learned are relevant not only for climate policy, but for the many other policy fields where private voluntary programs are active.

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Any effort to understand and assess the role of private voluntary programs addressing climate change must pay careful attention to those initiatives that either affect, or turn to, forest management and governance as a means to ameliorate climate change in and across sectors. Forests are important to climate mitigation strategies because they are increasingly recognized as both significant sources and sinks of carbon dioxide (CO2), although their climate impact varies across boreal, temperate and tropical forests. The loss and degradation of tropical forests in particular contributes a significant share of human-caused emissions, and will continue to do so over the next 10–20 years.

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