REDUCING EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION AND FOREST DEGRADATION (REDD+)
Forests enhance the well-being of communities and come with attractive benefits such as biodiversity, water regulation and soil fertility. Unfortunately, many markets and agricultural practices still foster unsustainable forest practices, eliminating these benefits and making forestry one of the leading drivers of greenhouse gas emissions (approx. 15-20%). The UN‘s REDD+ program aims to reduce emissions and protect forests by introducing sustainable practices in local communities and discouraging carbon dependence in global markets. Recently, a variety of voluntary carbon markets have also emerged alongside UN-REDD+. These offer alternative frameworks with which projects can track their efforts to protect forest carbon and reduce forestry emissions.
RSS has participated in REDD+ readiness and voluntary carbon projects since carbon accounting began, aiding projects ranging from forest monitoring and methodology development to international capacity building. Read on for an overview of REDD+ tasks assumed by our company, or visit our projects page to learn more about specific case studies.