Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) can improve lives, protect forests and biodiversity, and mitigate climate change. Forests serve as natural storage sinks for carbon, and deforestation is the second leading cause of carbon emissions contributing to climate change. Furthermore, more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods, and tropical primary forests are particularly high in terrestrial biodiversity. Important cases are illustrated below.
On September 29, 2016, IUCN’s Global Forest Programme (GFP) is hosting a learning exchange on benefit sharing mechanisms in REDD+ initiatives at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Assembly Meeting. The event is taking place in Accra, Ghana and will be live streamed so you can tune in.
Nearly 1,000 Hawaii students descended on the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress for Students’ Day. Those who passed through the Forest Pavilion were treated to a unique local perspective on forests and a visit from National Geographic Explorer Paul Rose.