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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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LCF Guide

Guide to investing in locally controlled forestry

This guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) is an outcome of the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative that engaged The Forests Dialogue to co-ordinate 11 wideranging dialogues involving investors, rights-holders, governments, donors and others on this topic. It is primarily a tool for practical action and its advice draws on strong evidence showing that locally-controlled forestry enterprises can be successful, sustainable and profitable for all stakeholders. It offers a market-based view of development, rooted in an understanding of the globalised, free-market economy, and concentrates on a role for Small Medium Entreprises (SMEs) – the ‘missing middle’ of many developing economies. …  

03 Oct 2013 | Downloads - publication

Book cover Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes

Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes

IUCN’s visualizing sustainable landscapes is a manual aimed to support the environmental community who is using visualization techniques to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas when dealing with conservation and development situations. The manual contains various visualization techniques that will facilitate communication among various stakeholders from different ethnic groups, with different levels of educations and literacy and different needs.   …  

25 Sep 2013 | Downloads - publication

A large tree within the Mamiri Forest Reserve in Western Ghana within the region of the Upper Guinean Rainforest

IUCN in Ghana Releases New REDD+ Documentary

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “Towards Pro-Poor REDD+” project in Ghana recently released a 30-minute documentary, profiling how Ghana’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are addressing climate change and the needs of the poor.  …  

14 Sep 2013 | Video
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Ms. Momdje Liliane, from the Association Jeunesse Verte Cameroon

REDD+ & Gender in Cameroon

REDD+ & Gender in Cameroon. Ms. Momdje Liliane, from the Association Jeunesse Verte Cameroon explains how REDD+ can support the crucial role that women play in forest conservation in Cameroon. …  

13 Sep 2013 | Video
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Mrs. Ewus, REDD+ Ghana

REDD+ in Ghana's Wassa Amenfi West District

REDD+ in Ghana's Wassa Amenfi West District …  

12 Sep 2013 | Video

REDD+ Benefit Sharing-Co-chair's Summary Report

IUCN and The Forests Dialogue Latest REDD+ Benefit Sharing Discussion Summary Report Now Available

 The Co-chairs’ summary report highlights key issues, questions, conclusions and next steps related to REDD+ Benefit Sharing mechanisms, discussed by an international group of experts at the latest scoping dialogue on REDD+ benefit sharing. …  

07 Aug 2013 | Downloads - publication

La Chinantla, Oaxaca, Mexico

IUCN’s REDD+ Landscape Restoration Project Launches in Ghana and Mexico

With US$6.2 million in funding from Norway’s Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Ghana and Mexico are the first of four countries to kick off activities under IUCN’s “Advancing REDD+” project, which focuses on mobilizing private investment for community-based, carbon-intensive landscape restoration.  …  

26 Jul 2013 | Article

Using economic tools at the landscape level

Rethinking economics, markets and incentives

Based on a review of the experiences gained during the course of LLS, this paper documents insights and lessons about using markets and incentives to strengthen forest landscapes and livelihoods. It aims to interrogate just what a ‘landscape approach’ means in economic terms, to identify how markets can be used to generate incentives to share forest benefits more equitably and sustainably, and to highlight which kinds of approaches and ‘packages’ of interventions can assist in this. …  

22 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Experiences in forest landscape restoration and management

Improving ecosystem functionality and livelihood

This paper examines how interventions intended to improve functionality and productivity of forested landscapes to improve livelihoods of the poorest populations, might actually yield co-benefits in terms of biodiversity conservation. It argues in favour of a ‘landscape’ approach to achieve these co-benefits. …  

21 Jul 2013 | Downloads - publication

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

IUCN REDD+ Project in Indonesia Supports Customary Land Mapping

With support from IUCN’s “Toward Pro-Poor REDD+” project, two provinces in Indonesia have produced customary land rights maps that are helping to facilitate REDD+ and broader community-based forest management efforts in the region.   …  

17 Jul 2013 | 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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