Positive effects of REDD+ for people and the natural world

Sustainable land use is an important issue, both globally and locally. This is because land and fertile soils are finite resources that are vitally important for people and the natural world. On 19 and 20 March, about 570 scientists from around the world gathered together in Berlin to talk about the challenges and possible solutions related to this topic. Those present included the REDD+ Policy Assessment Center (REDD-PAC), a project of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), and its project partners from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme.

At the conference, the project presented new approaches for collecting and modelling data which make it is possible to assess the diverse co-benefits of applying mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). REDD+ not only focuses on carbon storage, it can also help preserve biodiversity and improve the living conditions of the rural population in affected areas. Using examples from the Congo Basin and Brazil, the project demonstrated the impact of different potential uses of land on the supply of, and demand for goods and bioenergy from agriculture and forestry. Governments can use this information to make better decisions about land use which protects the climate and the natural world while taking economic growth and food security into consideration. The initial results of this data collection have been promising and the approach will soon be expanded to South-East Asia.

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