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Published: 20 September 2022

Forests for Climate: Scaling up Forest Conservation to Reach Net Zero

There is no tackling climate change without forests. Preserving them in the face of today’s climate and biodiversity crises is vital as they are one of the main reasons why our planet supports life. Deforestation is putting at risks our climate, nature and livelihoods with almost 1.6 billion people depend on forests for food, water, wood and employment. With deforestation responsible for nearly 15% of global CO2 emissions, conserving forests is the most cost-effective way to abate carbon emissions. It needs to happen now and at a large-scale.

There is no tackling climate change without forests. Preserving them in the face of today’s climate and biodiversity crises is vital as they are one of the main reasons why our planet supports life. Deforestation is putting at risks our climate, nature and livelihoods with almost 1.6 billion people depend on forests for food, water, wood and employment. With deforestation responsible for nearly 15% of global CO2 emissions, conserving forests is the most cost-effective way to abate carbon emissions. It needs to happen now and at a large-scale.

This white paper proposes jurisdictional approaches to REDD+ as a way of making a significant contribution to preserving the world’s forests, by driving change across four key challenges: scale, funding, integrity and inclusion. It also provides details on the opportunities for private sector engagement in the global effort required to reverse deforestation by 2030. The report includes as well case studies from Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana and Viet Nam to show impactful examples of what large-scale forest conservation looks like on the ground.

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