REDD+ is a framework created by the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). It is designed to guide activities in the forestry sector to address climate change and limit deforestation. These projects are protected from deforestation in a series of different ways.
This article will touch upon the basics of REDD+ and REDD+ projects. Also, what particular safeguards are in place to prevent deforestation.
What is REDD+?
REDD+ was adopted at COP 19 in Warsaw in 2013. It aims to prevent deforestation, mitigate climate change and promote the sustainable management of forests worldwide.
It was decided in 2013 that this framework should be a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement. Nations agreed on the importance of encouraging and supporting REDD+ activities and projects.
How does REDD+ projects work?
REDD+ projects will prioritize measuring, reporting, and verifying the carbon in forests. Firstly, all projects will establish a baseline of carbon emissions. This is to understand what actions need to take place to limit carbon emissions and reduce deforestation.
The protection of the forests and reduction of deforestation will reduce carbon emissions. Many corporations buy carbon credits and support REDD+ projects this way.
A successful project will work closely with the community in the forested region. The project will support the forest’s biodiversity too. In the meantime, another part of the REDD+ project will monitor the progress of the project. This ensures that the forest is well protected from deforestation.
Finally, a well-run project ensures that all of its results and data have been properly verified by the relevant independent authorities and bodies. This makes sure that all of REDD+’s carbon reductions and forest protection efforts have been recorded. Crucially, we would expect stakeholders to also participate in their projects by pledging funds to them.
What safeguards are in place to protect against deforestation?
Roughly, we lose an area of forest that’s equal to the size of London every single week. So preventing deforestation is a crucial endeavor.
REDD+ projects support the forest’s local communities. They will initially incentivize the communities to work with – not against – nature.
Some safeguards to prevent deforestation include:
- Limiting the expansion of agricultural land
- Limiting building infrastructure developments on forested land
- Preventing wildfires
- Preventing mining
- Reporting and monitoring any illegal logging activities
Sometimes it can be a challenge to balance environmental conservation with sustainable development. But it’s a balance REDD+ projects must strike in their quest to reduce carbon emissions and deforestation. And while also supporting local communities.
What are some case studies of successful REDD+ projects?
Celestial Green Ventures’s REDD+ project in the Amazon region of Brazil is an example of a successful project. Celestial Green Ventures worked closely with municipal leaders in this region to prevent deforestation and to empower the community as well. The natural ecosystem is protected, while the community is provided with enhanced socio-economic situations.
Celestial Green Ventures PLC’s project has been able to combat deforestation. They will continue to generate tangible and sustainable enhancements to the local communities’ way of life. This includes employment opportunities, healthcare, and education, while also improving and protecting the surrounding environment.
REDD+ projects are a great way to prevent deforestation and reduce carbon emissions worldwide. REDD+ projects actively prevent deforestation and try to limit deforestation from occurring in their protected areas.
Successful projects, like Celestial Green Ventures PLC’s, can help communities, increase biodiversity and reduce deforestation and carbon emissions.