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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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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

Q’eqchí’-Maya girl helps to fill bags with soil in a large nursery in the Lachuá, Guatemala

REDD: putting women at risk or providing opportunities?

Jeannette Gurung of WOCAN highlights some of the gender differentiated impacts of REDD.
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01 Oct 2009 | News story

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

Bosque tropical

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

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REDD+ IN GHANA: Promoting a Pro-poor approach

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

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IUCN's First REDD+ Roundup Newsletter
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