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 has significant potential to curb global GHG emissions, in addition to supporting local livelihoods, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. USAID is helping conserve tropical forests by helping countries engage in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+, a policy approach designed to curb deforestation and related GHG emissions. REDD+ policy frameworks are rapidly emerging, but for many countries, just getting ready to participate is a challenge.
Last updated: February 26, 2014