Oslo REDD Exchange 2016

Why are forests important?

Forests cover about 31% of the land area on earth, but our forests are disappearing. Between 2000 and 2010 the worlds forests were reduced by 130 000 square kilometers, an area as large as Greece!

Aside from the devastating effects tropical forest loss has on biodiversity and forest-dependent communities, a major consequence of deforestation and forest degradation is the release of heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Forests provide vast carbon sinks that when destroyed emit CO2 into the atmosphere, either by burning or degradation of organic matter. CO2 is one of the most potent greenhouse gases and the primary component of anthropogenic emissions. The conversion of forests to other land uses is responsible for around 10% of net global carbon emissions. Solving the problem of deforestation is a prerequisite for any effective response to climate change. – the REDD Desk

In 2007 REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) was introduced under the climate negotiations during the UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), and this June NORAD held a REDD Exchange conference in Oslo to gather organizations, experts and indivuduals to discuss how countries can implement REDD+ in the light of the agreement after the COP21 in Paris.