Report / Dec. 2, 2010

Understanding REDD+: Governance, Enforcement and Safeguards in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

Deforestation and forest degradation account for more carbon emissions than the entire global transport industry. Hopes for a deal to halt this trend centre on a proposed system to compensate developing countries for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

REDD+ is a great opportunity to preserve the world's forests for the future, but it will only work if the design, implementation and priorities are right.

This briefing from Global Witness explains this complex initiative to tackle forest destruction, and demonstrates the importance of good governance, financial transparency, strong enforcement and safeguards to overcome the challenges and risks countries face as they get ‘ready’ for REDD+ implementation.