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Financing land use mitigation: a practical guide for decision-makers


Forest loss accounts for a large share of emissions in many developing countries, often driven by pressure to feed growing populations and foster economic development. This has prompted efforts at the international level to promote policies and resources for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), while promoting other sustainable land use.

Developing and implementing mitigation objectives through low emissions development (LED) strategies requires a commitment of financial and political resources to succeed. Recognizing this, international and domestic institutions in the public and private sectors have stepped forward with pledges to supply capital or to otherwise create economic incentives to meet these needs. However, for this capital and these incentives to influence land use and emissions, parties making land use decisions need access to these resources.

This report, Financing land use mitigation: A practical guide for decision-makers, serves as a practical guide for those seeking finance to implement specific actions to reduce emissions from land use. It is intended to assist national policy- makers and other decision-makers in accessing and leveraging financial mechanisms to support activities that reduce forest GHG emissions and increase forest carbon stocks. These mechanisms may draw from national budgets, international and national funds, and private investments as sources of funds. By categorizing, defining, and connecting activities, instruments, and sources of finance, the Report offers practical guidance to land managers and decision-makers to pursue finance options.