Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) – how greenhouse gas emissions can be avoided.

The ‘+’ in the acronym REDD+ signifies conservation and sustainable development. REDD+ projects pursue long-term strategies for addressing the underlying causes of deforestation and degradation.

Essentially REDD+ is a framework created by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to guide activities that reduces emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It includes sustainable management of forests and the conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. The aim is to implement activities which reduce human pressure on forests that result in greenhouse gas emissions. The implementation of REDD+ activities is voluntary and depends on the national circumstances, capacities and capabilities of each developing country and the level of support received.

Rimba Raya was the first carbon project to receive REDD+ validation under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). It is the single largest REDD+ project in the world, in terms of avoided emissions delivered to date. The region protects nearly 65,000 hectares of peat swamp forest in Indonesian Borneo, avoiding more than 130 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

Rimba Raya helped develop the first carbon accounting methodology, now used by the United Nations as the global standard.

Long-term programs include providing fuel efficient cook-stoves, development of bio-efficient farming systems and other strategies for the sustainable management of existing forest stocks. Funds from REDD+ revenues are being used to fund employment opportunities and micro-finance programs that diversify unsustainable income streams.

Rimba Raya is showing the world it is possible to protect forests, their indigenous wildlife AND improve the livelihoods of local communities at the same time. Initiatives involving biodiversity, climate and community meet all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which strive to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Related Links

→ Rimba Raya case study

→ Rimba Raya website

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