Tracking REDD+: A story of remuneration and rewards for avoided deforestation in Central Africa

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Tropical forests play a central role in keeping global warming in check. They store important carbon stocks, but each year deforestation or agriculture-related land degradation activities release about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

REDD+ (Reducing Emissions caused by Deforestation and forest Degradation), a policy initiative designed as an incentive to conserve tropical forests and curb emissions — often referred to as the Warsaw Framework — was under discussion from 2005, adopted at COP 19 U.N. climate talks in 2013 and recognized under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

At first REDD+ was conceived as a means for industrialized countries to pay forest owners and users in the Global South for delivering tangible results that would reduce emissions and contribute to efforts to meet global climate targets.

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