Why Protect Forests?
We are at a defining moment for REDD+.
WWF’s efforts on the ground have shown that REDD+ is not a solution, but a tool.
To achieve meaningful emissions reductions, community engagement, and have a lasting impact, REDD+ must be seen and implemented as a means to the end of sustainable development.
REDD+ must be integrated into broader participatory land-use planning that addresses agricultural impacts, extractive industries, forest management. It must address the underlying drivers of deforestation and become part of forest governance policies. It must be embedded in economic planning, such as green growth strategies, as an investment supporting wider development objectives and poverty reduction.
If it remains on the right road, this mechanism could yield the greatest opportunity for forest conservation and poverty reduction in the world that we have yet to sett.
It could combat climate change by reducing the second-largest source of global carbon emissions, enable the sustainable management of the world’s remaining tropical forests, and open a new door to sustainable growth and economic benefit for forest-dependant communities.
Let’s work together to get REDD+ right for the health of the planet and all its people, before we miss this opportunity forever.