Without stronger rules for REDD+ in UN climate negotiations, REDD+ could promote the development of monocrop forests.
Libby Blanchard  is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cambridge. Follow
Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.
Over the first week of the UN climate change negotiations in Poland we have seen the alarming results of studies showing increased decline of tropical forests. It is clear from newly available data from satellite monitoring stations that there are now growing areas being deforested as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and mining.