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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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Private Sector

REDD needs more private sector involvement

Until now most of the work on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is being led by the public sector and non-governmental organizations in particular. This has to change, according to Chris Knight, of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, who is involved in The Forests Dialogue, which IUCN helped develop. He says that REDD might not work if it is developed without significant input from the private sector. …  

01 Oct 2009 | Audio

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Who will pay for REDD?

If you found the acronym REDD, which stands for  Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, confusing, prepare yourself for a new one; REDD-Plus. Consuelo Espinosa, IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer, explains what the terms means and examines how REDD-Plus financing will work. She says that if developed countries are going to foot the bill, developing countries must be prepared to prove exactly what the funding they received achieved. …  

01 Oct 2009 | Audio

Sagarmatha National Park

Make sure REDD rewards right people

Ghan Shyam Pandey, from the Federation of Community Forest Users in Nepal, speaks to Wild Talk about the community-managed forests in his region. He says Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) will have to compensate the communities who actually protect the forests, rather than the governments and state agencies, if it is to be sustainable. …  

01 Oct 2009 | Audio

Consuelo Espinosa, IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer

Fantastic forests

Protecting forests and planting new ones is one of the most immediate and cost effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and help cool our planet. IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer, Consuelo Espinosa, explains the mysteries behind REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degredation - and decribes why the climate change negotiations cannot afford to drop "Degredation" from the final package. To listen, click here.  

04 Dec 2008 | Audio

Mrs Elise Buckle

IUCN to influence decision-makers in Bonn

At the last two weeks of conservation talks in Bonn, IUCN managed to put gender and social equity high on CBD's agenda. Will the Union be equally successful in doing so once again in the same city but for a different UN Convention? The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is holding sessions from 2 to 13 June and IUCN has a role to play. …  

04 Jun 2008 | Audio

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