HFLD and REDD

HFLD – High Frequency Laser Disk?
REDD – Really Exciting Doughnut Day?

Nope. Good guesses, though.

CI is an organization grounded in science and impacting policy, and in our effort to impact the global conversation about climate change, we sometimes throw around acronyms like they are common knowledge.

Right now, the two inescapable catchphrases are REDD and HFLD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and High Forest Cover, Low Deforestation to those in the know.

In basic terms, here’s what we’re talking about.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) was created by the United Nations in 2008. The program aims to implement a global climate policy framework that recognizes the importance of forest protection and restoration to climate change mitigation. CI is working with governments, businesses and partner organizations to push for the inclusion of adequate funding for REDD programs in December’s climate change agreements in Copenhagen.

High Forest Cover, Low Deforestation (HFLD) countries such as Guyana, Suriname and the Democratic Republic of Congo have abundant forests and historically low rates of forest destruction. Although these regions may seem like the areas of least concern when it comes to addressing deforestation, HFLD countries face great pressures to allow logging as a source of income. It is vital that their issues be addressed to safeguard forests for both local livelihoods and global climate change mitigation.

For more details, check out CI’s Climate Strategy. With everything that’s coming up, from next week’s UNFCCC meeting in Bangkok to December’s global climate negotiation meetings in Copenhagen, you’ll be glad you took a moment to get these key phrases under your belt.

Download and read CI’s full climate change policy position. (PDF – 464 KB)

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