Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an endeavor to create an incentive for developing forested countries to protect, better manage and wisely use their forest resources, thus contributing to the global fight against climate change, It rests on the effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in standing forests. In the long term, payment for verified emission reductions and removals, either market or fund based, provide an incentive for REDD countries to further invest in low-carbon development and a healthier, greener tomorrow.
The UN-REDD Programme brings together technical teams from around the world to develop common approaches, analyses and guidelines on issues such as measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon emissions and flows, remote sensing, and greenhouse gas inventories. It provides guidance on how best to design and implement REDD, to ensure that forests continue to provide multiple benefits for livelihoods and biodiversity to societies while storing carbon at the same time. Other areas of work include national forest assessments and monitoring of in-country policy and institutional change.
The UN-REDD Programme also documents, analyses and disseminates successes and key challenges emerging from its activities, and provides numerous face-to-face opportunities for learning and sharing of experience.