Forests and Climate Change

FORESTS and Climate Change

Forests are an important sink of carbon dioxide, helping to prevent global warming. Cutting down forests is having disastrous consequences.

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REDD is Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. REDD is a set of steps designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. (Wikipedia)

REDD is presented as an "offset" scheme of the carbon markets and thus, will produce carbon credits. Carbon offsets are “emissions-saving projects” that in theory “compensate” for the polluters’ emissions. The “carbon credits” generated by these projects can be used by industrialized governments and corporations to meet their targets and/or to be traded within the carbon markets.

REDD activities are undertaken by national or local governments, dominant NGOs, the private sector, or any combination of these. It is being pushed strongly by the World Bank and the UN for setting up the bases for the carbon market and the legal and governance frameworks of countries receiving REDD. A number of NGOs, development agencies, research institutes and international organizations support developing countries that wish to engage in REDD activities. The World Banks's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the UN-REDD Programme, and Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative are such examples. The genuine actors of REDD, however, will be the populations whose livelihoods derive from forests. Indigenous Peoples and forest-dependent communities will be the front liners of REDD, and the success of REDD activities will largely depend on their engagement.

Source: Wikipedia

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Picture top: Trunk base of a Coast Redwood tree in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Picture middle: AFP/Getty image

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