Forest and Climate
What is REDD?
The amazing Amazon
The Amazon is home to 1 in every 10 terrestial species in the world, including thousand of plants and animals which do not exist anywhere else.
More than 350 ethnic groups depend on the resources the forest provides.
Besides its enormous natural and cultural value, the Amazon reinforest is an important regulator of the world's climate since it stores gases such as carbon dioxide, preventing their concentration on the atmosphere and thus reducing the greenhouse effect, and the increase in temperature.
Forests and Climate Change
On the other hand, preserving our forests helps to stabilize the planet's warming. Perú is one of the most vulnerable countries to yhe effects of climate change, and now we know that the loss of our forests is responsible for almost 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in our country.
Preserving our Amazon reinforests helps us ensure a stable climate, a safe planeta; and the livelihood of millions of people. But how can we do this? In Madre de Dios, some promising experiences show us the way forward...
WWF and Carbon Forest
To implement an unprecedented conservation mechanism such as REDD, there is a need for clear technical arguments and solid tools. For this reason, since 2008 – and through local partners - WWF Peru combines field research with institutional strengthening actions.
This way, it works in key areas such as San Martin and Madre de Dios - either carrying out extensive field studies or using modern remote sensing systems - to determine the carbon sequestration potential of the forests and obtain the necessary arguments to support their conservation.
At the same time, it has fostered the establishment of the REDD Roundtable, an important arena to create strategies – made up of 50 institutions – that has identified the technical, legal and financial requirements to implement this conservation mechanism in Peru. Recently WWF Peru has contributed with the analysis of the political and legal framework required to implement REDD and, continues promoting this mechanism as a feasible option for the conservation of Peruvian forests.