Deforestation and forest degradation
are estimated to make up around 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, especially in carbon-rich tropical forests.
This is why WWF's REDD+ projects aim to build sustainable financing mechanisms that will protect some of the most important forest habitats left on Earth.
What is REDD+?
At its core, REDD+ is an international policy mechanism whereby benefits flow from industrialized countries to forest-rich countries in exchange for avoided deforestation and forest degradation.
This system aims to change the incentives—to make tropical forests more valuable standing than felled, to increase the security and sustainability of local livelihoods, to protect forest biodiversity and to dramatically decrease greenhouse gas emissions from tropical deforestation and degradation.
How does WWF do REDD+ in the Greater Mekong region?
In order to manage the risks associated with this ambitious and dynamic REDD+ system, WWF has agreed on specific guiding principles (see box on the right) with CARE and Greenpeace.