Our strategy

The EU REDD Facility supports countries to improve land-use governance as part of their efforts to slow, halt and reverse deforestation. We also support the overall effort of the European Union (EU) to reduce its contribution to deforestation in developing countries.

We focus on countries that are engaged in REDD+, an international mechanism that offers incentives for developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their forest and land use sectors.

We work with governments of countries engaged in REDD+, designing and implementing interventions that support a broad range of in-country stakeholders. We also work with policy-makers in the European Commission and signatory countries of the New York Declaration on Forests, shaping international forest policies and programmes to support REDD+ countries and stakeholders to promote sustainable land use and supply chains.

We have experience facilitating difficult transitions in developing countries, and capturing and managing knowledge to support effective decision-making and action. We believe that, with the right policies and practices in place, improved forest and land-use governance can:

  • Yield substantial and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Provide opportunities for sustainable development.
  • Improve livelihoods and the control that forest-dependent communities, including indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers have over local natural resources.
  • Provide many environmental and social co-benefits, including biodiversity protection, peace, prosperity, and improved local and regional resilience to climate change.

For more information about our work and approach, take a look at our strategy for 2018-2022.

REDD+ and FLEGT: building synergies

In many tropical countries, there is active engagement with both REDD+ and FLEGT. This provides an opportunity to build on the interactions between the two processes and make better progress delivering the objectives of both. Increased cooperation between REDD+ and FLEGT at the national level could advance forest and land-use governance reforms, clarify land tenure, strengthen stakeholder engagement, increase transparency and balance competing interests. Stakeholders involved in these governance reforms and change processes could consider opportunities and incentives provided by REDD+ and FLEGT to achieve their objectives. 

The EU FLEGT Action Plan also provides lessons for addressing consumption and production of agricultural commodities driving deforestation.