• REDD + and Traditional Fire Management

    The idea of REDD+ arose from acknowledgement by the international community of the need for concerted action towards preventing deforestation and reversing forest degradation in developing countries in order for global climate goals to be reached. The basic idea behind REDD+ is that developing countries are rewarded for efforts to reduce emissions through preventing deforestation and forest degradation as well as the conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries.

    REDD+ remains under negotiation within the UNFCCC, with the most recent Framework on REDD+, the Warsaw Framework, adopted at COP 19 in December 2013. Discussions are ongoing towards full elaboration of REDD+.  In the interim, REDD+ readiness activities continue through programs such the UN-REDD Programme, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, and the International Climate and Forest Initiative.

    Given the role of traditional fire management in supporting the REDD+ objectives, a role for REDD+ in the financing of traditional fire management continues to be explored by the International Savanna Fire Management Initiative.

    More information on REDD+ can be accessed through the UNFCCC and the Green Climate Fund.

    Other sources of information on REDD+ include: