UN-REDD Carbon

Firm’s pro bono initiative a catalyst for UN-REDD Carbon Rights report launch

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As part of the Firm’s Global Pro Bono Practice, White & Case was a major contributor to a comparative study on carbon rights in collaboration with the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme).The UN-REDD Programme aims to combat climate change by empowering vulnerable communities to play a pivotal role in reducing forest emissions.

Entitled "Comparative Study of Carbon Rights in the Context of Jurisdictional REDD+," the study presents compelling case studies from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The study was unveiled during a global webinar titled “The Right to Carbon: From Global Perspectives to Local Impact,” organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) within the framework of the UN-REDD program.

The Firm has supported the UN-REDD programme as a pro bono client on the mammoth task of reviewing legislation on carbon rights, forest preservation, and climate change in 27 countries. Led by partner Seth Kerschner, 88 Firm lawyers and legal staff in 21 offices worked together drafting individual country reports to identify the legal frameworks these developing countries need to strengthen within their legislation.  Ultimately, stronger legislation will enable the countries to access funding and achieve investor confidence in financing projects to prevent deforestation and to reforest degraded forest areas.

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