On December 5th and 6th, Earth Innovation Institute participated in the Global Landscapes Forum held alongside the UN climate negotiations in Paris, France. The GLF is hosted by CIFOR and serves as a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development.
During the Paris GLF, EII hosted a booth in the REDD+ pavilion on promoting jurisdictional approaches to low-emission rural development (LED-R) in the Tropics. The booth was well-attended, and representatives from both EII and the Sustainable Tropics Alliance (of which EII is a part) spent a busy day speaking with interested conference goers from around the world about our work on jurisdictional sustainability.
On the second day of the Forum, Executive Director Dan Nepstad presented alongside a panel of experts for the discussion “Taking stock of REDD+: Past, present and future”, which addressed the opportunities, barriers, and future of REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Since its inception almost a decade ago, the UN mechanism has not yet had the impact on the ground as originally hoped. However, REDD+ is still the main policy option for tackling forest-related climate change, and is moving forward even as other private and public mechanisms come into play.
During the presentation, Dr. Nepstad discussed the role sub-national jurisdictions have in climate change mitigation: “Sub-national initiatives are catching up to the international INDC-type pledges. It’s not that it’s a competition; these pledges put upward pressure on the nations in which they’re hatched, and they’re also a way for those national pledges to really make it down to the ground.” Linking these sub-national initiatives back to REDD+, Dr. Nepstad noted that REDD+ is simply one of the tools in an overall portfolio of strategies that are going to get us to a low-emissions future. As we work to merge and harmonize these strategies, Dr. Nepstad notes, REDD+ will need a new vision as well; in short, “the future of REDD is that it will not have that name.”
To watch the discussion “Taking stock of REDD+” in its entirety, please visit our Resources page.