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The 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge

We’re calling on businesses, states, city and local governments, and global citizens to take action for better forest and habitat conservation, food production and consumption, and land use, working together across all sectors of the economy to deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed by 2030. The way we use land for food, forestry, and other purposes contributes about 24% – or approximately 12 billion tons-of our total greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the second largest source of climate pollution after energy.

REDD: A Vital Part of the International Effort to Address Climate Change

Vibeka Mair
REDD+ is the only global climate mitigation framework mentioned in the Paris Agreement. The REDD+ framework tries to reflect that harvesting forests is often a matter of survival for many living in poor and developing countries. With no other way of making money, many communities in rural areas cut down trees for wood to build or cook with or for land to plant crops on. So REDD+ offers a financial incentive for communities to not cut down trees. REDD+ works by issuing a carbon credit, or offset, for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduced by saving an area from deforestation. Along with being an offsetting tool, there are other reasons that REDD+ should matter to the finance community, according to Mike Korchinsky, founder of REDD+ developer Wildlife Works that conserves wildlife and supports rural communities in East Kenya. Korchinsky founded Wildlife Works in 1997 based on the idea that market-based mechanisms were the best way to conserve wildlife and help rural communities live side-by-side (see separate Q&A with Korchinsky here). He says there are increasing opportunities for direct investment in REDD+, “because it is a proven model which needs to scale up very quickly. We have 7 billion tonnes a year of emissions coming from the loss of forests and according to the UN Environment Program (UNEP) we need to reduce at least a billion and a half of those by 2030. There is no chance of meeting the two degree goal for climate if we don’t reduce at least a billion and a half tonnes of emissions from the forestry sector by 2030. “There is no plan B for climate change without forests,” Prince Charles has warned, who calls REDD+ a vital part of the international effort to address climate change.