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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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UNFCCC COP15

IUCN Media Brief 17 December 2009 - REDD key to successful mitigation

THE LATEST: Solid progress has been made at COP 15 towards recognizing forests as a fundamental part of climate change mitigation solutions. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and REDD-plus are a critical part of a successful mitigation strategy. …  

17 Dec 2009 | News story

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Don’t hold REDD hostage in Copenhagen

After good progress in week one, concerns remain that a deal on REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) could yet stall on a small number of unresolved issues, or could be sacrificed because of lack of progress in other areas of the bigger deal, says IUCN. …  

15 Dec 2009 | International news release
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The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

REDD payments as incentive for reducing forest loss

"Strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) could become an important part of a new agreement for climate change mitigation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. …  

15 Dec 2009 | Downloads - document

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Sharing the benefits under REDD

IUCN, with the support of Econ Pöyry, has reviewed experiences with existing benefit sharing arrangements in the forest sector and in other areas in order to inform discussions on how to develop benefit sharing systems under REDD. …  

10 Dec 2009 | News story
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Pavan Sukhdev, Study leader, Study on the cost of loss of biodiversity

Climate thinkers

Climate Thinkers taps into the minds of leading scientists, politicians, policy makers and ordinary people to get their insights into the challenges of climate change and their ideas on how to tackle it. …  

04 Dec 2009 | Video

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

Nature-our trusted ally in climate change fight

This film explains the two solutions IUCN sees to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change - reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), as well as ecosystems based adaptation. …  

03 Dec 2009 | Video

Authors meeting in Bangkok 3-4 October 2009, L to R Justice Nchunu, CEL; Melinda Janki, CEL Steering Committee, John Costenbader, ELC

Writing the rule book on REDD

Since 2007, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) has become a major focus in negotiations over renewed commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). An effective REDD mechanism may enable developing countries to merge the goals of national forest protection with sustainable development, while providing a potentially effective and efficient climate change mitigation option to help combat climate change. For successful REDD regimes, national governments must have effective national legal frameworks to ensure that forests remain intact and standing on a permanent basis.
 

27 Oct 2009 | News story

Planted forest, Viet Nam

Conservation of world’s forests key to planet’s survival

With only two months to go before a new climate deal is negotiated in Copenhagen, The Forests Dialogue calls on industrialized nations to ensure robust financial commitments for conservation and sustainable management of forests and on tropical countries to ensure that these new financial streams are fairly shared with forest dependant communities. …   | French | Spanish

01 Oct 2009 | International news release

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REDD Explained

IUCN's David Huberman, Green Economy Coordinator, explains what the climate change policy acronym REDD means in practice. 

01 Oct 2009 | Video

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

The reality of REDD and the way forward

Reduced Emisions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) is an effective way to achieve a green economy. What needs to be done for REDD to work and to be sustainable? …  

01 Oct 2009 | Audio


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