Deforestation is the second largest source of emissions that contribute to climate change. At 17% of all global annual greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation is a larger contributor to climate change than the entire global transportation sector. Deforestation also creates an unsustainable model for economic development, decimating the local environment and livelihoods of the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities.

The REDD+ mechanism (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is a necessary solution to the deeply intertwined challenges of deforestation, climate change, and poverty. By quantifying and valuing the carbon storage services that forests provide, REDD+ helps change the economic incentives around deforestation and international development – providing forest communities and developing countries with a low-carbon pathway to sustainable economic growth.

Code REDD therefore strives to align and build support for REDD+ within climate policies, environmental reporting, and development priorities.

Climate Policies

We work to advocate for REDD+ in emerging climate policies, with a particular emphasis on California’s Assembly Bill 32: The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).

Effective climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies must address the underlying drivers of deforestation if they are to stop the second largest source of emissions and promote a low-carbon pathway to economic development. REDD+ effectively changes the perverse economic incentives that drive deforestation, thereby acknowledging the importance of international forests and sustainable development within global climate strategies.

We continue to advocate, demonstrate, and facilitate support for REDD+ within existing and emerging climate policies.

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Environmental Reporting

We work to raise awareness and inclusion of REDD+ within environmental reporting frameworks, with a particular emphasis on integrated reporting and environmental compensation.

A number of initiatives are working to integrate environmental, social, and governance factors into financial reporting. Just as these approaches seek to create a more systemic approach to measurement and reporting, REDD+ seeks to create a more systemic approach to sustainability solutions.

We also work to align REDD+ with environmental regulation and compensation requirements, including biodiversity mandates and licenses to operate requirements.

Development Priorities

The concept of sustainable economic development, of a green economy that “results in improved human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities,” is gaining support and recognition as a necessary transition for a sustainable future. The role of forests and land use is growing in discussions of this transition, and we are working to ensure that REDD+ is represented in these conversations as a viable and effective sustainable development tool.

REDD+ addresses the market, policy, and institutional failures that undervalue the services forest ecosystems provide. We therefore work to engage the public, private, and civil sectors on the role of REDD+ in low-carbon development and the emergence of the green economy.