Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is the best mechanism we have to address our climate, deforestation, and biodiversity crisis at the scale and urgency needed
Forest Loss is at the Center of Our Climate and Biodiversity Crises
- Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity
- But we are also at imminent risk of driving 1 million more species to extinction within decades
- This loss of the living treasure of nature is irreversible – and catastrophic for humanity:Up to five billion people are likely to face shortages of food and clean water in the coming decades as natural capital and ecosystem services are eroded.
- The devastating loss of our forests lies at the center of these planetary emergencies: Since the 1960s, nearly half of the world’s rainforests have been lost. About 81,000 hectares of rainforest (an area nearly 14 times the size of Manhattan) are burned around the world every day.
The Problem is the Solution
- Protecting standing forests is the key to stabilizing the climate and safeguarding what remains of Earth’s biodiversity: Nature-based climate solutions can provide more than a third of the carbon reductions needed to keep global warming below 2°C, the target agreed at the Paris climate talks.
- Because the primary drivers of deforestation are economic – the forest is worth more to people once cleared and used for other purposes – the only way to halt deforestation is to make the forest more valuable to people in its living state
REDD+ projects are the only way we as a society have found to put value on a standing tree in a threatened forest.
- REDD+ provides a direct mechanism for the market to incentivize and reward forest conservation and wildlife protection, by paying for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions that result from effective forest conservation.
- High-impact REDD+ projects, such as those Everland represents, effectively protect precious forests and their species from imminent destruction, whether from oil palm conversion, illegal logging, unsustainable agricultural practices, or the granting of corrupt land concessions in protected areas.
- High-impact REDD+ projects also help surrounding communities chart a path toward sustainable livelihoods, by investing carbon revenues in community health, education, infrastructure, and economic development.