Global community needs to invest in MRV capacity in forest-rich developing countries to make REDD+ work

18 April 2012

BOGOR, Indonesia (17 April 2012) _ The international community needs to help developing countries increase their ability to measure and monitor the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that they save by safeguarding their forests if a UN-backed climate change mechanism known as REDD+ is to attain its objective of cutting emissions, according to a new study that reveals major capacity gaps in most tropical forest-rich nations.

REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) aims to reward developing nations for protecting, restoring and sustainably managing forests. With healthy forests absorbing up to a third of all greenhouse gasses, and deforestation causing about a fifth of all emissions, proponents see REDD+ as a way to slow the pace of climate change.