REDD+ official launch

REDD+ official launch
January 19, 2018 3:19 pm News

In addition to serving as a home to biodiversity, forests also act as carbon sinks removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In an ideal situation, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would mitigate climate change and its effects. The current situation, however, is far from ideal. Deforestation and forest degradation are depleting forest resources and their capacity to act as carbon sinks. The forest cover area in developing countries has dropped alarmingly over the last 2 decades. Forests are cleared to accommodate rapid human population growth and development; their resources are harvested to produce goods for human consumption, and often without replacement. The depletion of forest cover is increasingly threatening biodiversity and human lives. The urgent need to protect forests in developing countries led to the establishment of the UN initiative to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

The aim of REDD+ is to conserve, manage, and enhance forest carbon stocks in developing countries. Each country must have a national strategy to effectively achieve this mission, given that each has different challenges when it comes to the types and magnitudes of issues causing deforestation and forest degradation.

About a third of Guinea’s forest cover has depleted over the past 40 years; its population, agricultural and mining activities have tripled, placing tremendous pressure on its natural resources. After five sub-national consultations and a three-day national workshop, WA BiCC compiled a road map for REDD+ in Guinea. The roadmap outlines comprehensive information on the degrading forest status in Guinea, the major drivers per region and the proposed actions for the next 3 to 5 years. Moving forward, the road map suggests more sensitization and mobilization of people and funds. It also suggests restoration, conservation and sustainable management of major forests and the threatened animal species dependent on them, through capacity building and law enforcement.

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