REDD+ represents countries’ efforts to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ serves as a framework through which developing countries are rewarded financially for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or increasing the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through practices on forest land. Additionally, REDD+ can generate other significant benefits in addition to mitigating climate change, such as positive impacts on biodiversity, climate change adaptation, low-emission development, and strengthening forest peoples’ rights and livelihood.
Developing countries opt-in to developing a REDD+ system, for which the country must develop four elements: a national strategy or action plan; a national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level; a robust and transparent national forest monitoring system; and a system for providing information on how the safeguards are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities. The REDD+ system is implemented in phases:
Figure 1. REDD+ implementation phases
The REDD+ Strategy is being developed using a participatory approach with national and local level stakeholders in Guyana and uses the country’s sustainable development priorities as its basis.
The work includes the identification and analysis of key direct and indirect drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and the development of alternatives to address them (the REDD+ Strategy); and the determination of the possible social and environmental impacts of the REDD+ actions (SESA) and design of measures to address them (ESMF).
Draft 3 is intended to be a near complete version of the Strategy, and a workshop will be held with the Core Group to discuss this draft as well as the development of the MCDA.
Any doubts or general comments on Draft 3 can be sent via email to guyanaREDD@conservation.org.
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