Forests and climate

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A boy in a village in Brazilian rainforest

REDD Early Movers in Brazil: Rewarding forest conservation pioneers

The Brazilian state of Acre is leading the way as an Early Mover in the REDD+ programme, the international forest conservation scheme that was launched in 2005. The REDD Early Movers programme makes payments to pioneers such as Acre for verified emission reductions. Successfully avoided deforestation is recorded and paid for via a detailed accounting system. A total of 25 million euros has already been paid to the Brazilian state from the German government's Special Energy and Climate Fund and from the International Climate Initiative. more

Indonesian rainforest

Forest conservation in Indonesia: Improving understanding of ‘green’ forestry

Indonesia has some of the largest rainforests in the world. However, about a million hectares are destroyed each year, mainly in order to extend oil palm plantations. One of the aims of the FORCLIME (Forests and Climate Change) programme that is being implemented by German development cooperation and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry is to help create the legal and institutional conditions for a change of attitude. more

Cocoa fruits on a plantation

Deforestation-free supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia

The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire is the world's most important cocoa producer and the main supplier of this most important ingredient for the manufacture of chocolate in Germany. Sadly, as much as three million hectares of West African rain forest have been destroyed so that cocoa can be produce. more

Jungle in Togo

Sustainable forestry in Togo

For many years, Togo had the highest deforestation rate in Africa, with a dramatic loss of forest land being recorded, down to an estimated mere six per cent of the country’s surface area in 2010. Since 2014, Germany has been working with Togo to improve the technical and institutional conditions to implement the national REDD+ strategy. more

Forests in the North of Laos

Sustainable forestry in Laos

For generations, forests have served as a source of food and income for the people of Khangkao, a mountain village in the North of Laos. Yet, more and more areas of forest in Khangkao are being slashed and burnt so that the steep slopes can be used to grow dry rice or maize. This is where the project "Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation" (CliPAD) commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) comes in. more

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