The Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degredation in Developing Countries (REDD) was offered as a transformation in the way forests are managed and is supposed to offer a solution to the climate crisis.
REDD is meant to address the underlying drivers of deforestation while safeguarding biodiversity and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.
However, as currently being implemented around the world, REDD is failing to live up to its promise and risks repeating many of the same mistakes of the past. Parties must correct course and set forest protection on the right path.
- A fund-based forest protection mechanism.
- The rejection of carbon markets for forests.
- Fully operational safeguards with robust verification and monitoring systems.
- A mechanism for complaints and redress.
- A window for forest protection funding under a new financial mechanism under the UNFCCC.
- Forest protection finance not to be based on ‘offsetting’ or carbon credits.
- Targets for halting deforestation and degredation, linked to the appropriate provision of finance.
- The reduction in global consumption of timber and forest land.
For the latest updates on forests please click here. For more information please see:
- Climate Justice Brief on Forests ( Esp ) ( Arabic )
- Cochabamba People’s Agreement Final Conclusions on Forests
- REDD and Carbon Markets: Ten Myths Exploded – FERN, Friends of the Earth, The Rainforest Foundation, and Greenpeace (2011).
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