Why are tropical Rainforests critical to our future?
Healthy tropical rainforests are essential to slowing global warming and securing a sustainable tomorrow.
- Rainforests absorb dangerous greenhouse gases that cause global warming. These gases – including CO2 - are released when rainforests are destroyed.
- Destroying rainforests increases carbon emissions while also reducing their absorption capacity– a double whammy that is extremely dangerous for our planet.
- Reducing rainforest destruction can provide 5-10% of the emissions reductions needed to meet the net-zero targets of the Paris Agreement.
- Water: Rainforests purify water and promote rainfall. They are critical to managing global climate and weather systems.
- Biodiversity: Home to 70% of the world’s remaining animal and plant species.
- Human health: Over 25% of modern medicines have their origins in rainforests.
- Sustainable livelihoods: Over 1 billion people depend on rainforest to survive.
Does a purchase of one REDD+ Result Unit really save two rainforest trees?
Yes. Here’s the math: A rainforest tree 25m tall with a diameter of 30cm – roughly an average size - can store 0.465 tons of carbon. That means two trees would emit 0.93 tons of carbon if destroyed. Each REDD+ Result Unit equals 1 ton of reduced carbon emissions from rainforest conservation and reduced deforestation.
That means every REDD+ Result Unit you buy saves 2 rainforest trees from destruction. i
Isn’t buying carbon credits just an easy way to avoid having to reduce my emissions?
We don’t think so. Reducing carbon consumption goes hand in hand with buying carbon credits to offset emissions. It is glaringly obvious that we need to drastically reduce carbon emissions every year. Each of us can contribute by taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint. Buying REDD+ Results Units can help us offset the rest of our own emissions. REDD+ Result Units can be used to offset emissions of children, parents, or friends, on an annual basis, or even over a lifetime. REDD+ Result Units help developing nations preserve rainforests while reducing global emissions.
Where does my money go?
Over 90% of your purchase goes back into the issuing country to support government programs to preserve rainforests and reduce emissions, with much of it going to support local communities taking the actions. REDD.plus believes in transparency and intends to make key financial data publicly available on a regular basis beginning later in 2021.
What else can I do to fight deforestation and help to conserve rainforests?
Buying REDD+ Results Units is a very valuable step to help reduce deforestation, but there are other steps you can take to help curb deforestation. Beef ranches and palm oil plantations are the two main drivers of deforestation. If we reduce our consumption of beef, limit use of products that use palm oil, and go paperless whenever possible, we can all contribute. If millions of people take these actions, we can have a powerful effect.
Why deforestation? I’d rather plant trees.
Restoring forests is critical, but a tree planted today cannot make a significant contribution to removing carbon from the air until it is has grown for many years. Unfortunately, we can’t wait until saplings grow up to address climate change. We have to cut global carbon emissions by 45-50% in the next 9 years – by 2030 - to have a chance to stay under the critical 2° C level. Additionally, many rainforests are dangerously close to reaching critical tipping points. If we don’t reverse deforestation in time, it will become impossible to restore them, and the world’s greatest stores of biodiversity will be lost forever. We must act now – there is no time to waste.
What is REDD.plus?
REDD.plus was created by the Coalition for Rainforest Nations to provide businesses and individuals access to purchase the high-quality emissions reductions generated by the REDD+ national programs under the Paris Agreement around the world. It manages the process to create RRUs and the platform for their purchase. REDD.plus will tracks the life-cycle of each RRU from issuance to retirement and reports this data to the UNFCCC, making those units part of the Global Carbon Accounting system. This is a critical step in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
What is the Paris Agreement?
The Paris Agreement is a landmark environmental accord that creates methods and procedures to address climate change, with the goal of keeping limiting average global increase in global temperatures to less than 2° above pre-industrial levels. It was agreed to by nearly every nation in Paris at COP 21 in 2015. The agreement includes commitments from all countries to cut their climate-altering pollution and to strengthen those commitments over time.
What is the REDD+ Mechanism?
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is a critical initiative for the preservation and restoration of the planet’s rainforests and for tackling the climate emergency this decade. It is a Paris Agreement-mandated mechanism that covers 90% of the planet’s rainforests and over 65 rainforest countries.
What is the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN)?
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) assists tropical governments, communities and indigenous people to responsibly manage their rainforests. Healthy rainforests protect against a changing climate, generate needed biodiversity and provide safe habitats. CfRN started and led the negotiations for the REDD+ mechanism, which is now implemented by over90% of the world’s rainforest countries.
The United Nation’s REDD+ Mechanism was launched by Coalition members in 2005 to incentivize rainforest conservation and contribute to the battle against climate changes. After a decade of work, the REDD+ Mechanism was enshrined as a key part of the Paris Agreement.