Getting Ethiopia REDD+ ready

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Forest protection is not usually a huge money spinner. Logging, mining, clearing forests for grazing, or building a new city – these are ways trees are often turned into easy dollars. But rampant deforestation represents the largest share of the land use changes that are responsible for 13 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, research shows, which makes chopping down trees second only to burning fossil fuels in the undistinguished league table of the biggest anthropogenic contributions to global warming. It is clear that something must be done to help forests stand a chance in the ruthless modern marketplace. That is where REDD+ comes in.

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