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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+

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Vice minister speaking with rural village community

Report Calls for REDD+ to Invest in Forest Communities

Income generated from REDD+ should be given to forest communities to invest in their future, recommends a new report by The Forests Dialogue (TFD). Investing locally in this way should be part of understanding REDD+ as integral to broader development among forest-dependent communities. 

16 May 2012 | News story

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Forest Conservation and Restoration Initiatives by local communities and Indigenous Peoples

The final version of the report on "the Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Forest Conservation and Restoration Initiatives by local communities and Indigenous Peoples", was launched at a side event at the CBD SBSTTA meeting in Montreal (3 May 2012).  …  

09 May 2012 | News story
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Woman with baby carrying water back from the well to her village, near Catine, Mozambique

New Video: Adapting to climate change in Eastern and Southern Africa

In Africa, millions will suffer from climate change impacts on agriculture, water availability, ecosystem services and biodiversity. It's urgent for countries in the region to take action to reduce vulnerability and enhance local communities' capacity to adapt. …  

16 Jan 2012 | Video

Vietnam's forests are an important store of carbon for the REDD market

Guatemala advances with REDD+, says IUCN

Durban, South Africa, 8 December 2011 (IUCN) — Guatemala’s National Forest Service (INAB) has recognized wider land rights for indigenous peoples and local communities, making it possible for these groups to access benefits and payments from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, known as REDD+, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).   | French | Spanish

08 Dec 2011 | Media statement

New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story

Tree nursery at the Mouth of Limpopo, Mozambique

Forest Day: the face of forests at UN climate change negotiations

Forest Day has become something of a tradition at the annual UN climate change conference, the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP). Here at COP17 in Durban, Forest Day 5 was held on 4 December, bringing together over 1000 people who work on – and are passionate about – forestry issues, including more than 200 official climate change negotiators. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Representatives from Civil Society in Cameroon take part in a five day workshop on Gender and REDD+

Women provide input for the progression of Cameroon’s REDD+ process

Yaounde, September 28: A five day workshop was organised for representatives from government and Civil Society in Cameroon on the mainstreaming of gender in the country’s strategy for the implementation of ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD+). The meetings took place from 19 till 23 September and were organised by IUCN and the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) in the context of the on-going implementation of IUCN’s Pro-Poor REDD+ Project in Cameroon. …  

29 Sep 2011 | News story
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August 2011 REDD+ Gender Workshop in Accra, Ghana

Mainstreaming Gender Considerations into REDD-Plus Policy Implementation in Ghana

In view of the critical need to ensure that national REDD-plus strategies address social safeguards, particularly the recognition of the rights and interests of women and other vulnerable groups, IUCN, in collaboration with The Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) facilitated a five-day engagement with key stakeholders on the mainstreaming of gender considerations in REDD-plus policy making in Accra from 5th – 9th September, 2011. …  

28 Sep 2011 | News story
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The plight of mangrove forests in Pakistan - Film

Across the Indus delta in Pakistan, at Keti Bundur, Siddiq Roonjha narrates the once prosperous economic history of the area, his recent battles with cyclones and sea storms as his home was inundated in front of his eyes; his precious belongings lost. …  

14 Sep 2011 | Video

Participants to the inception workshop of the national REDD and climate change platform in Cameroon

Civil Society in Cameroon forms a national REDD and climate change platform

On July 23, 2011, about 60 representatives of various civil society networks, government officials, international NGOs and representatives and the private sector in Cameroon gathered in the capital Yaoundé for a daylong workshop. Participants to this meeting sought consensus on how civil society organizations (CSO) should better organize for more effective participation in and contribution to Cameroon’s national REDD+ process. The workshop was convened by the Ministry of Environment and Protection of Nature with technical and financial support of the IUCN Pro-Poor REDD project. …  

26 Aug 2011 | News story
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REDD+ IN GHANA: Promoting a Pro-poor approach

Ghana's contribution to international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change

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