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What is REDD+?
REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), is a climate change mitigation strategy introduced by the United Nations to help stop destruction of the world's forests. Wildlife Works' REDD+ projects protect threatened forests, wildlife, and uplift rural communities.
Ten to fifteen percent of the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions come from the destruction of tropical forests. REDD projects help to prevent the destruction of these forests by providing sustainable economic alternatives to those rural communities.
The carbon market is used to support these efforts and bring direct benefits to communities. REDD Voluntary Emissions Reductions, (VERs), are issued on an annual basis by third party verifiers only after the forest has been successfully protected sustainable economic alternatives have been created for the community, such as job creation initiatives and agricultural intensification programs.
Wildlife Works has pioneered practical REDD solutions that are acceptable to both the rural communities and to the marketplace. It's allowed us to rapidly expand the amount of endangered species habitat we're protecting.
Our Kenya based Kasigau Corridor REDD project is the first ever to be issued Voluntary Carbon Units (VCUs) for REDD under the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), the most widely used carbon accounting standard among projects issuing credits in the voluntary market.
There are six key elements to the Wildlife Work's brand of REDD that make it a successful model. The foundation of it all is job creation.
- Jobs supporting education [children's education, conservation education, community outreach about our projects]
- Jobs making eco-friendly products
- Jobs protecting wildlife [rangers and eco tourism]
- Jobs managing our mission
- Jobs helping farmers [jajoba and chili project]
- Jobs growing trees [seedling program, green charcoal project]
Visit our REDD Resource page to learn more about REDD and download Wildlife Works Project Design Documents (PDDs).