Tropical forest loss accounts for as much as a fifth of the human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change. This means reducing tropical deforestation not only supports local livelihoods and biodiversity but also has tremendous potential to curb global GHG emissions. USAID is helping conserve tropical forests by helping countries engage in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+, a policy approach to address deforestation. REDD+ policy frameworks and financing are rapidly emerging, but for many countries, just getting ready to participate is a challenge.
Last updated: October 08, 2013