What is REDD+

The Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector accounts for about a quarter (10-12 GtCOeq/yr) of net anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mainly from deforestation, agricultural emissions from soil and nutrient management and livestock (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, 2014). The AFOLU sector plays a central role for food security and sustainable development and plays a critical role in both climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The IPCC Report recognises that when implemented sustainably, activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation are cost-effective policy options for mitigating climate change, with potential economic, social and other environmental and adaptation co-benefits for e.g conservation of biodiversity and water resources and reducing soil erosion.

REDD+ is a mitigation approach to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.

The acronym REDD+ is Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and forest carbon stock enhancement.

Did You Know

Forests have an abundant supply of nutritious foods, such as nuts, fruits, seeds and even insects which are rich in protein and important minerals such as calcium and iron.