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Pathways for implementing REDD+: experiences from carbon markets and communities


This issue of Carbon Market Perspectives discusses the role of carbon markets in scaling up investments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in developing countries.

The critical role of REDD+ in contributing to the global objective of climate change mitigation is increasingly recognized. REDD+ offers significant potential for rapid and low-cost emission reductions, with the added co-benefits of biodiversity, water and soil conservation, as well as poverty reduction.

This volume brings together valuable experiences with REDD+, exploring in particular perspectives on the link between financial markets and payments for performance in delivering carbon benefits from forests and how to enable developing countries to engage in REDD+. It also explores the involvement of local communities and community-based efforts to reorganize the management of forests so that the multiple benefits produced include carbon gains as well as livelihoods.

Nine articles, authored by experienced negotiators on REDD+, carbon market actors, project developers and other leading experts, share experiences and make suggestions on the key elements of a future international REDD+ regime including:

  • Architecture and underlying principles,
  • measuring, reporting and verification (MRV),
  • private-sector involvement,
  • the rights of indigenous people and local communities,
  • biodiversity conservation and
  • environmental integrity.

The articles are grouped under three main topics:

  • the lessons existing REDD+ projects;
  • the future REDD+ regime and the role of carbon markets; and
  • experiences and ideas about the involvement of indigenous people and local communities

Read Pathways for implementing REDD+: experiences from carbon markets and communities.