‘Forests cover 31% of the world’s surface and contain vast carbon stocks. However, 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. In recent decades, extensive forest loss has had a huge impact on forest carbon, with deforestation and degradation the second largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 17- 20% of emissions’
This 19 page publication by BGCI reviews the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme. There are a number of pilot projects in Bolivia, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.
The manual notes the gaps in capacity for implementation, and the opportunities for botanic gardens. These might include assisting in planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects. The examples given in the manual show the involvement of botanic gardens based in Austraiia, Brazil, United Kindom, China and the USA.
Publication contents: Introduction, Outline of REDD+, Capacity gaps, The contribution of botanic gardens to the implementation of REDD+, Recommendations and checklist, Glossary, Resources, References