Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)

Deforestation and forest degradation severely affect many developing countries. Globally, they are responsible for almost 20% of carbon emissions. At the local level, they have devastating impacts on some of the most valuable remaining forests and on the people who live in these forests and from their ressources.
 
The EU supports a policy target of halting global forest cover loss by 2030 at the latest and a reduction of gross tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020. Ongoing negotiations about reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks’ (REDD+) in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) could prove an important tool for achieving this goal.
 
The EU's approach to REDD+ and to addressing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation builds on the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and other ongoing initiatives.
 
The EU cooperates with a number of international and local organisations and programmes to support developing countries efforts in this area:

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