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More than one billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods, and most of them are among the poorest people on earth. Primary forests, particularly tropical primary forests, are also home to half or more of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) has the potential to improve lives, protect forests and biodiversity, and mitigate climate change, but this significant potential can only be realized with the right approach. Learn about IUCN's approach to REDD+

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IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng at the 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN President calls on countries for a renewed commitment to forests

In the UN Association-UK's recent ‪Climate2020‬ publication, IUCN President Xinsheng makes a strong case for forest conservation and restoration as a key part of the climate change solution.  …  

28 Aug 2015 | Article

Report: Challenges for pro-poor benefit sharing schemes in the implementation of REDD+ in Mexico

Lessons from Mexico: the challenges of equitable REDD+ benefit sharing

From vertical and horizontal distribution and carbon and non-carbon benefits to gender and rights-based considerations, this new report draws from wide-ranging stakeholder input to create a balanced outline of the many challenges and potential solutions to sharing the benefits of reducing deforestation and forest degradation.   …  

13 Aug 2015 | Article

A new report on synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration.

Synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration.

The two responses to climate change - mitigating emissions and adapting to impacts - are often pursued as separate actions. But some ecosystem-based responses, like forest landscape restoration, can serve as both mitigation and adaptation tools. A new report from IUCN examines where and how restoration can serve mitigation and adaptation goals across the world and in key countries. …  

17 Jun 2015 | International news release

Drones can help monitor forest restoration. Here a hexacopter flies over a restoration site. A red digital camera is visible between the landing bars.

Drones can help monitor forest restoration

Unmanned aerial vehicles could make monitoring restoration projects cheaper and easier. …  

12 Jun 2015 | Blogs

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arborvitae Issue 46 - REDD+ from Negotiations to Action

  • UNFCCC: The road to Paris COP 21 and updates from Lima COP 20
  • Using REDD+ to meet national objectives in West and Central Africa
  • REDD+ and forest landscape restoration
  • A human rights-based approach to REDD+
  • Emmanuel Nuesiri relates a cautionary tale about REDD+ consultations in Nigeria 
  • Insights on national action in Guatemala, Uganda, Papua Province and Ghana
  • Claudio Schneider discusses progress in international climate and REDD+ negotiations
  | French | Spanish

20 May 2015 | Downloads - publication

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How to Translate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Practice into Policy

Ruth Metzel of The Forests Dialogue offers insights on seven needs for translating REDD+ benefit sharing practice into policy and how to fulfill them. …  

16 Apr 2015 | Blogs

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

  • Global restoration of forest landscapes - where are the opportunities? What are the benefits?
  • Spotlight on the Bonn Challenge, the largest restoration inititative the world has ever seen.
  • "What forest restoration means to me" - Interviews with humanitarian Bianca Jagger, filmmaker John Liu and many more. 
  • Assessing restoration potential at the national and subnational level.
  • Mobilizing support for the global restoration movement.
  …  

13 Jun 2014 | Downloads - publication

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: A competencies framework

From forest-dependent communities to government staff, many stakeholders are in need of comprehensive information to effectively engage in the design and implementation of REDD+ activities. Recognizing this need, members of the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity (AGRC) have created The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework, a single reference that enables readers to quickly understand key concepts, policy benchmarks, technical elements, skills, tools and resources for ten specific REDD+ themes. …  

08 Apr 2014 | Downloads - document

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

Sun shining through the trees in the Amazon forest

Dutch companies move to counter climate change by tackling deforestation

Four companies based in the Netherlands, Essent, Eneco, Desso and Dutch Development Bank FMO, are launching a unique programme to reduce tropical deforestation in an effort to tackle climate change. …   | Dutch

19 Nov 2013 | News story

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