REDD+ describes efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stock. Defining and agreeing such efforts has been part of United Nations climate discussions for years and has proven to be extremely controversial. The most glaring concerns are how to ensure REDD+ doesn’t support conservation efforts where forest communities are thrown out of the forests they have protected for generations; and how to ensure that projects to protect forests do not distract from the need to change carbon intensive energy and transport industries.
Fern has worked with partners in the African Community Rights Network to ensure REDD+ processes are monitored and if necessary, halted. Fern monitors forest related developments in UN climate discussions and releases regular analysis.
For a discussion on the risks of REDD+ in an international climate agreement, read our briefing Who takes the credit? REDD+ in a post-2020 UN climate agreement. To understand the implementation of REDD+ on the ground, see our report REDD+ safeguards: more than good intentions? Case studies from the Accra Caucus as well as Is REDD undermining FLEGT which looks into the Ghana experience.