Eric Rasmussen, REDD and Smits Model Reforestation, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 38-39 ( Abstract: Climate alterations are already making several areas of the globe increasingly inhospitable to continued human occupation, and environmental refugees are becoming a measurable fraction of the world’s displaced populations. Despite the clarity of the data, mitigation strategies around climate change have been difficult to implement. At the same time, climate research over the last decade has revealed unexpected and potentially rewarding opportunities to improve the circumstances of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. One of those opportunities is REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, an international system for encouraging developed countries to fund both forest preservation and restoration in places where the destructive harvesting of forests for timber, irrigation water, wildlife, and agricultural land would otherwise be the only source of income for poor villagers. James Randerson, who studies global change at the University of … Topics: Climate Change; Conservation; Governance