EU REDD Facility: Strategic orientations 2018-2022

Reducing deforestation through improved land-use governance

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

The Facility focuses on countries that are engaged in REDD+, an international mechanism that incentivises developing countries to reduce  greenhouse gas emissions from their forest and landuse sectors.

The Facility works with governments of countries engaged in REDD+ in designing and implementing interventions that support a broad range of in-country stakeholders. Stakeholders in these countries are therefore participants in and beneficiaries of the Facility’s interventions. It also works with policy makers in the European Commission and signatory countries of the New York Declaration on Forestsb and the Amsterdam Declarationsc in shaping international forest policies and programmes to support REDD+ countries and stakeholders, as well as to address demand for forest-risk commodities.

The Facility is hosted by the European Forest Institute and was established in 2010. It is funded by the EU, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. It has experience in facilitating difficult transitions in developing countries, and in capturing and managing knowledge to support effective decision making and action. The Facility believes 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

This paper presents the Facility’s strategy for 2018-2022. It gives an overview of the problems the Facility aims to help countries address and the context in which this will happen. It then presents the Facility’s strategic goal, objectives and planned actions. It also describes how the Facility’s communication efforts are informing EU and international policies on deforestation.

The report is available in English, French and Spanish.