Forest & Climate Programme

WWF's international Forest & Climate Programme is:
  • Working to advance support for an agreed global policy framework for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (called REDD+) and to ensure major REDD+ initiatives adopt and implement strong social, environmental and governance safeguards.   
  • Working with forest countries and on the ground with local communities to build capacity and ensure programmes, standards, approaches and technologies for REDD+ produce real and verifiable emissions reductions while benefiting biodiversity and people's well-being.

Vision & Goal

Our vision
The world’s forests are valued for the benefit of climate, people and nature

Our goal

Zero net emissions from deforestation and forest degradation by 2020
Our immediate priorities are:
  • Advocating principles in global policy so frameworks for REDD+ ensure real emissions reductions, conserve biodiversity and protect the rights and wellbeing of forest dwelling communities.
     
  • Influencing national REDD+ policy to support development of the needed institutional and legal frameworks for REDD+ by working with governments in Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal and Peru, among others.
     
  • Initiating forest climate demonstration activities in high biodiversity landscapes in the world’s key forest landscapes, including the Amazon, Borneo and Congo Basin, by working at scale with local communities and governments to test approaches for getting REDD+ right.
     
  • Convening communities of interest in finance to explore the conditions under which fast start pledges of public financing can catalyze long-term, adequate and predictable financing, including private capital support for REDD+.
     
  • Innovating technical solutions for REDD+ by measuring, monitoring, verifying and reporting on forest carbon to accurately assess whether real progress is being made in REDD+ efforts.
WWF's work on focuses on making REDD+ a working reality to achieve not only climate benefits, but also broader benefits for wildlife and the people who depend upon forests for their livelihoods.


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