More than one billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods, and most of them are among the poorest people on earth. Primary forests, particularly tropical primary forests, are also home to half or more of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) has the potential to improve lives, protect forests and biodiversity, and mitigate climate change, but this significant potential can only be realized with the right approach. Learn about IUCN's approach to REDD+
Latest REDD+ news from IUCN
Recent developments in Cameroon show that the country is now steadily advancing with the building of a national REDD+ strategy. Progress with the creation of an all-important national framework for REDD+ implementation has to be taken step by step in order to allow stakeholder engagement and attention to the broader interests they represent. …
- Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
- Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
- Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
08 Mar 2011 | News story
25 Feb 2011 | Downloads - publication
What role do forests play in combating climate change and providing livelihoods for millions of people around the world? How do forests affect all 6.8 billion people on the planet? Stewart Maginnis, Director of IUCN's Environment and Development Group answers those question on Global Connections TV. …
14 Feb 2011 | Video
A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report. … | French | Spanish
01 Feb 2011 | International news release
28 Jan 2011 | Downloads - document
Gill Shepherd, IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy Thematic Adviser on Poverty and Landscapes, speaks on the latest thinking on forests and poverty, drawing from lessons that have come out of IUCN's innovative 'Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy' (LLS). …
27 Jan 2011 | Video
24 Jan 2011 | Article
The world’s forests are essential to life in all its diversity and to attaining humanity’s biggest goals such as reducing poverty, curbing climate change and achieving sustainable development. Throughout 2011 IUCN will work towards making sure that forests deliver their maximum potential for human well-being and biodiversity conservation. … | Spanish
03 Jan 2011 | News story