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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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The many faces of our forests

Keeping carbon down and forests up

For the past two months, IUCN has explored how REDD+ and sharing its benefits are helping people and the planet. This recap highlights our series and looks ahead to COP21 and beyond. …  

24 Nov 2015 | Article

A challenge of REDD-plus is to compensate lost income from farmers that choose to conserve forests. This picture shows a Cocoa farmer in Cameroon

Forests for the climate - full schedule of forest events at COP21 now available

Join us at the IUCN Pavilion in Paris for the latest breakthroughs and nature-based solutions to climate change …  

20 Nov 2015 | Article

Fruit and vegetable market in Peru

Seeing carbon as the “co-benefit” in REDD+ benefit sharing

Preliminary results from IUCN’s ongoing nature dependency studies in Ghana, Mexico and Peru underscore why REDD+ benefit sharing first needs to understand how communities rely on forests before setting up the right incentives for implementing REDD+ strategies …  

17 Nov 2015 | Article

Erosion due to logging in Papua

Indonesia’s Papua provinces link REDD+ benefit sharing with local forest governance efforts

Leveraging local Forest Management Units and customary boundaries mapping to build REDD+ governance and benefit sharing arrangements is playing an important role in Indonesia’s national climate plans, forest tenure reforms and green growth strategy …  

09 Nov 2015 | Article

Sunrise at Doi Ang Khang

Forests and land use at the heart of the action at COP21

Join us at the IUCN Pavilion in Paris …  

04 Nov 2015 | Blogs

Farmer harvesting millet in Ghana's Upper West Region

Ghana bridges existing local forest governance with design of REDD+ benefit sharing

Ghana’s Community Resource Management Areas are providing the ideal starting point to build equitable REDD+ governance and benefit sharing arrangements …  

02 Nov 2015 | Article

Women's group learning how to visualize their landscape, Cameroon

Making gender equality a priority in REDD+ countries

Cameroon, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Uganda are implementing customised strategies that increase women’s participation and gender-responsive decision making in all stages of REDD+ …  

26 Oct 2015 | Article

Cedrela salvadorensis

Private sector taps into the potential of REDD+ benefits

Forestry companies in Ghana and Mexico are engaging with local communities to open up new streams of REDD+ revenue for existing projects …  

19 Oct 2015 | Article

Terraced Fields in Viet Nam

Viet Nam links REDD+ benefit sharing with existing forest conservation

Payment systems already in place for forest ecosystem services in Viet Nam are providing useful models for setting up REDD+ benefit sharing …  

12 Oct 2015 | Article

Conserving wetlands is important for buffering people against the impacts of climate change. Mangrove in Chiapas, Mexico

A tailor-made approach to REDD+ benefit sharing in Mexico

Mexico is working at the national, state and local levels to design ways of sharing REDD+ benefits that suit different contexts and improve livelihoods …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Feature Video

REDD+ IN GHANA: Promoting a Pro-poor approach

Ghana's contribution to international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change

Latest REDD+ publications
  • Scoping Dialogue on REDD+ Benefit Sharing: Co-Chair's Summary Report
IUCN's First REDD+ Roundup Newsletter
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    An iconic scene of East Africa

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