Making an Impact with REDD+

Deforestation is one of the main drivers of climate change. The UN estimates that deforestation and forest degradation account for 17 percent of global carbon emissions, which is the second largest source of GHG emissions, after the energy industry. This means, achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2°C are impossible without efforts to stop deforestation.

This is the background to the “reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)” mechanism. REDD+ was developed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a mechanism to create a financial value for carbon stored in forests and incentivize forest-dependent communities to protect forests.

REDD+ projects are comparable to many other climate protection projects in the voluntary carbon market which aim to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or to avoid their release in the first place. Forest conservation is not only about the conservation of global carbon stocks, as these projects are established to work with indigenous and forest-dependent communities to conserve biodiversity, prevent soil erosion, and maintain water cycles in a healthy state.

The REDD+ model gives a greater value to standing forests , thereby incentivizing responsible forest management and conservation. Payments for ecosystem services, including forest conservation, provide forest communities and countries with a new model for economic development — one where both people and the planet can benefit. Supporting a REDD+ project is arguably one of the most effective and most direct climate change mitigation action possible.

Learn more about our REDD+ projects here.

Our REDD+ Projects in Peru

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Map of the REDD+ Projects


Contact and further information:



Dr. Jochen Gassner
Tel.: +49 6101 55 658 55