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The Rainforest Alliance works to mitigate climate change through innovative strategies that address local drivers of deforestation and advance the goals of REDD+ (which stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus additional measures, such as forest conservation and sustainable forest management).

In Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Mexico and Peru, as well as at the international level, we support communities, industry leaders, NGOs and governments in their REDD+ initiatives by providing training and technical assistance, as well as promoting policies and practices that incentivize forest protection and sustainable land management.

Our vision for REDD+ is based on the following principles:

  • Build on the fundamentals of sustainable forestry and agriculture—The Rainforest Alliance helps smallholders and communities manage their forests sustainably according to the strict criteria of proven certification standards, such as those of the Forest Stewardship Council. Keeping forests intact helps mitigate climate change, while sustainable agriculture and responsible forest-product harvesting provide livelihoods for millions of rural communities. We train farmers in climate-smart agricultural practices, including steps that conserve natural ecosystems and reduce pressures on forests.
  • Enhance community participation—We believe that the rights, resources and voices of indigenous peoples and local communities must be respected and incorporated into any REDD+ system. We promote REDD+ policies that adhere to the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Ensuring that REDD+ policies represent the interests of local communities requires the engagement of community leaders in consultative workshops and multi-stakeholder policy fora. We provide community leaders and members with on-the-ground training in sustainable production; support community-based forest monitoring; and actively engage with smallholders and indigenous communities that are developing REDD+ projects.
  • Establish social and environmental safeguards—Forests and other ecosystems do more than serve as carbon sinks; they also maintain water cycles, keep soils fertile, regulate regional climate processes and provide a home for flora and fauna. We believe that REDD+ should promote the protection and enhancement of these ecosystems by incorporating environmental safeguards, and that its implementation must take into account social concerns such as human rights and poverty alleviation. Our work incorporates tools and mechanisms—such as REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards, Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards, and the Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual —that ensure that social and environmental concerns are considered and addressed.
  • Promote sustainable value chains—Many companies, NGOs, governments and communities are starting to tackle the persistent problem of deforestation in the production of agricultural commodities. The development of sustainable, resilient supply chains can address some of the drivers of deforestation and is an integral counterpart to REDD+. The Rainforest Alliance seeks to harness private-sector interest in reducing deforestation and align these efforts with REDD+ goals—an approach that can help to keep forests standing, enhance carbon stocks and promote sustainable, climate-smart commodity production.
  • Promoting REDD+ policies from the ground up and across various levels of government—We promote REDD+ projects that are built at the community and regional level and above, with the aim of incorporating them into broader sub-national and national policies whenever possible. We take the lessons we’ve learned in the field and apply them at the policy level to establish benefit-sharing mechanisms and appropriate REDD+ strategies. In Mexico and Peru, for example, we support policy platforms and provide government officials with technical guidance to align their REDD+ programs regionally and nationally. Our support and guidance helps local stakeholders and governments achieve progress in assessing REDD+ readiness and advancing REDD+ policies and programs in Mexico and other countries.

Learn more about our specific efforts to promote REDD+ by visiting our climate projects page.

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