The Paris Climate Agreement recognizes the central role of forests in achieving the goal of keeping temperatures well below 2°C through mitigation options that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. To date, 118 countries have included forestry and land use measures as part of their pledges in their Nationally Determined Contributions. This represents 162 million hectares of restored, reforested and afforested land, which is in line with the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests.
The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). The UN-REDD Programme is supporting 64 countries to become “REDD+ ready”, or prepared to welcome relevant investment opportunities.
The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.