What is REDD+?

Deforestation and forest degradation cause 15-20% of all greenhouse gas emissions and are a major contributor to climate change. REDD+ is an international mechanism through which developing countries will receive financial compensation if they reduce emissions from their forest sectors. The acronym REDD+ is short for ‘reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation of existing forest carbon stocks, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks'. By creating incentives to keep forests intact, REDD+ has the potential to not only limit climate change but also protect biodiversity and livelihoods.