Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of Conservation, Sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stock (REDD+).
It is estimated that 15% of the total greenhouse gas emissions are from deforestation and forest degradation. REDD+ aims to mitigate this by offering financial value to carbon stored in forests and to give incentives to developing countries towards low carbon pathways to sustainable development.
Our work on REDD+ is focused on two broad areas:
The private sector has a huge untapped potential to meet existing REDD+ investment gap. Further, their skills and nature of business conduct can greatly contribute towards REDD+ innovation, technology and efficiency.
We seek to provide guidance on greater involvement of the private sector in landscape approaches to REDD+ by analyzing the policy and institutional environment, providing policy recommendations and building public-private-partnerships.
REDD+ policy options being discussed at the UNFCCC negotiations need to be fine-tuned to comprehensively take into account landscape-level causes of forest cover change and other land use changes matter to the overall achievement of emission reductions through REDD.
We look to understand particular chains of events and sequences of causes and effects leading to specific land cover changes in order to inform the design of appropriate policy and incentive interventions that enable achievement of a landscape based approach.