REDD+ Projects: Delivering Positive Impacts

REDD+ projects play an important role by implementing site-based activities that directly engage local communities to stop deforestation and forest degradation effectively. While government strategies and programs provide the legal and policy frameworks for addressing deforestation and degradation, projects are able to work deeply in a particular place with local communities to address site-specific drivers of deforestation and degradation, driving finance to these critical high-threat areas and the communities that depend on them.

This page showcases a few examples of REDD+ projects certified through the VCS and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards that illustrate different positive impacts these efforts are having on the ground. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather illustrative.

For more background and the history of REDD+ click here.
Forests play a key role in combating climate change. Preserving forests and improving forest management practices could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7 billion metric tons of CO2 per year — the equivalent of taking 1.5 billion cars off the road for a year.

To advance efforts to conserve forests, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) introduced the UN REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Programme. First included under the work of the Bali Action Plan (COP13 in 2007), the rules for REDD+ program were finalized six years later in the “Warsaw Framework on REDD-plus”. The UNFCCC rulebook on REDD+ was completed at the COP21 in Paris in 2015 with the finalization of the remaining outstanding decisions on REDD+.

Verra introduced Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects into carbon markets in 2009 under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and is now the global leader in land-based offset projects with almost 170 AFOLU projects, in more than 35 countries, registered or in its pipeline. In 2012, the VCS developed Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ as a market-ready framework for national and subnational jurisdictions to ensure that forest carbon offset projects were able to effectively integrate (“nest”) into and support REDD+ government programs. Over 370 million tons have been issued to date from these AFOLU projects, with over 145 million tons from REDD+ projects. The vast majority of REDD+ projects around the world use the VCS.

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Verified Carbon Standard

The VCS Program is the world’s leading voluntary program for the certification of GHG emission reduction projects

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Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Supporting countries around the world in the evaluation of the climate, sustainable development and transformational impacts of their policies and actions 

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California Offset Project Registry

The Offset Project Registry (OPR) facilitates the participation of offset projects within the California cap-and-trade program

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