CARE International and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) launched at Copenhagen a new set of standards for REDD projects that take into consideration not only environmental benefits, but social aspects as well.
REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The main idea behind it is that deforestation is one of the main contributors to climate change and that reducing it is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways of lowering carbon emissions. REDD projects give financial incentives to those communities or nations that are effectively working to prevent forests form being cut.
The new set of standards aims to put the interests and rights of people in the forefront, so that efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and can also contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development. Another innovative feature is the fact that this is the first initiative to develop REDD standards through a global public consultation process. Read “Indigenous views of climate change” >>
These standards provide governments with a way of demonstrating the benefits of their REDD programs, while at the same time trying to prevent any potential negative social and environmental impacts of REDD to indigenous peoples and communities that depend on forests for their livelihoods.
The REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards can be found at: www.climatestandards.org
Read the press release: A new global social and environmental standard for REDD+ programs
en Español: Nuevos estándares sociales y ambientales para programas REDD+
Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui is the Press Officer for Conservation International.
The CCBA is a partnership convened by CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and several leading NGOs to leverage markets to foster the development of forest protection and restoration projects around the world that deliver significant climate, local community and biodiversity benefits.