Worldbank-Showcasing the link between forests and climate change: three examples of REDD+ in Africa
- Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, or REDD+, is an important tool for mitigating climate change and conserving forests.
- The REDD+ process supports the important building blocks of national climate change strategies – collaboration across the agriculture, forest and energy sectors, input from diverse stakeholders like indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and women, and a focus on public-private partnerships.
- The World Bank Group, through trust funds, provides investment financing, results-based financing, and technical assistance to countries working on REDD+.
Miombo forests cover more than half of Mozambique’s land area. Named for the oak-like miombo trees that dominate the area, millions of people, along with vulnerable species like African elephants and black rhinos, depend on these ecosystems for nourishment and shelter.
But demand for timber, commodities such as cotton, tobacco and sesame, and a growing international market for gas and coal are driving deforestation in Mozambique at a rate that’s increasing every year. At the same time, higher temperatures and lower rainfall have made it more difficult for small producers and families to make ends meet.
Mozambique is one of a number of countries that is looking for better solutions to help protect its rich forest resources. One of those solutions is REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which creates incentive for developing countries to better protect, manage and sustainably use their forest resources, and at the same time contribute to conserving biodiversity and to the global fight against climate change.
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