Approach to REDD+
IUCN works both at the national as well as at the landscape level and inform REDD+ at the international level through engagements of negotiators at the UNFCCC and in bilateral and multilateral processes.
In order to deliver meaningful environmental and social benefits, REDD+ strategies must take into account possible impacts on the poor and other vulnerable communities, as well as the potential contributions these stakeholders can make. Active participation, capacity building and equitable benefit sharing among REDD+ stakeholders are critical activities to achieve this.
REDD+ strategies also need to embrace the potential for enhancing forest carbon stocks that forest landscape restoration efforts can offer as a complement to reducing deforestation. Restoration of 150 million ha of tropical forests in line with the Bonn Challenge will also help to achieve a range of co-benefits, including improvements to livelihoods, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
By integrating forest landscape restoration and pro-poor approaches that address the needs of the poor, REDD+ strategies can provide an effective response to climate change.
REDD+: Part of the Bigger Picture
REDD+ is an effective mechanism that can help achieve broader forest conservation and climate change mitigation goals. Legitimate human needs and aspirations worldwide can be met without destroying the world’s remaining primary forests, particularly if efforts are significantly increased to optimize REDD+, forest landscape restoration and locally controlled forests. With its unique local-to-global-to-local reach, IUCN is working with countries to realize the full potential of REDD+ for forests, people and climate change mitigation.