REDD+ aims to provide incentives to developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It can help safeguard forests while supporting poverty alleviation, land and community rights, sustainable development, and equitable resource governance.

As forests are lost or degraded, they can become sources of harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) instead of fulfilling their important role as carbon sinks. Deforestation and forest degradation are the second largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions after the burning of fossil fuels.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has developed a framework, known as REDD+, for providing incentives to developing countries to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks by improving forest management. The UNFCCC recognizes REDD+ programmes at the national or subnational level and countries can use those programs to meet some of their global emissions reductions commitments.

Jurisdictional REDD+ programmes work on sizeable, sub-national landscapes, like a province or state. They focus on building capacities to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, addressing and respecting safeguards, and engaging a wide range of stakeholders – for example Indigenous Peoples and local communities, businesses, and local and national governments – whose incidence at the landscape level is key to success in REDD+. Jurisdictional REDD+ programs can be a good way for countries to pilot REDD+ approaches before scaling them up to the national level, especially when key capacities need to be built up in preparation.

Expanding jurisdictional REDD+ could help counter threats in deforestation fronts while addressing issues related to poverty alleviation, land and community rights, sustainable development, and equitable resource governance.

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Evgeny Chuvasov
22-Mar-2016 04:04 GMT

I like the approach but there is one very bad scenario. And this statement: “could help counter threats in deforestation fronts while addressing issues related to poverty alleviation” is true only in the case when money doesn’t goes to the people directly.
As, we are talking about developing countries that have Malthusian economy model; the worst thing in this case is spreading money to local communities just for doing nothing. If there is poverty, which was main driver for deforestation, it may looks logically to provide to them another income source, which will reduce their intention for cutting this forest. However, if money will not be used for creation of independent (from REDD itself) income source the only thing this approach may lead to in future –is population growth. Moreover, there is appears new constraint to the approach: financing must be noninterruptible. Most likely when population will reach new limit, their intention to cut the forest will be even higher than before and the only option to conserve this forest will be to increase financing. However, eventually there will be point of time, when by some reason rest of the world stop financing, and we will have bigger population at the place and just the same amount of money they had prior REDD project. Which is literally makes people even poorer than they used to be and increases threats of deforestation. So this can only works if money used for investments but not for consumption.
I’m not an economist and for me it looks logical, but I may be wrong.

Kathleen Mcafee
22-Mar-2016 03:27 GMT

REDD does nothing at all to reduce the world's emission of greenhouse gasses. At best, it shifts the burden of mitigating climate change onto the people and places least responsible for it and least able to cope with it. It is a dangerous distraction from the need to stop the production of fossil fuels at the source.

Lisakhanya Ndovela
15-Mar-2016 13:07 GMT

I think with the whole situation of global warming and countries experiencing droughts that cloud seeding should be considered for arid lands.

Gervais Ludovic
15-Mar-2016 13:07 GMT

REDD+ could be the best solution to stop deforestation in COMIFAC countries.

Peter Umunay
15-Mar-2016 13:06 GMT

REDD+ seems to hold great promise for forests. However most developing countries have weak governance and low capacity to monitor forest. Investing in improving governance and building capacity of technical institutions is important.

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