EU REDD Facility
Forests play key services that benefit humanity. They regulate water and climate, conserve soil, store carbon and protect habitats and biodiversity. Their sustainable management is crucial for sustainable agriculture and food security. However, an estimated 36 hectares of forest is cut down every minute. This loss is mainly driven by agricultural expansion in low-income countries. It has significant environmental, social and economic impacts.
Integrated land-use planning can help balance competing land uses. The EU REDD Facility therefore supports developing countries to improve land-use governance as part of their efforts to slow, halt and reverse deforestation.
By focusing on addressing land-use governance challenges, the Facility helps reduce deforestation, combat illegal logging and tackle climate change. In doing so, the Facility supports simultaneous progress towards sustainable agriculture, food security and sustainable forest management — all core elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Two international initiatives offer unprecedented opportunities to address long-standing issues in the forest and land-use sectors:
- REDD+ — Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries
- FLEGT — The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan on illegal logging and associated trade
The Facility therefore focuses its work in three areas where REDD+ and FLEGT processes intersect. It provides support to build institutions, decision-making processes and incentive structures to foster good land-use governance. It clarifies land-use rights and strengthens land-use planning. And it links trends in demand for timber and agricultural commodities with jurisdiction-wide approaches to foster ‘deforestation-free’ production.
By field-testing innovative solutions, the Facility supports national processes in partner countries, in line with national priorities. It works through partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, including government, civil society organisations and the private sector. It also work closely with the EU FLEGT Facility.
The EU REDD Facility engages with countries involved in both the REDD+ and FLEGT processes in Asia and Africa — Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Laos, the Republic of the Congo and Vietnam — and is looking at ways to expand its work into Latin America.
The EU REDD Facility is funded by the European Union and the Governments of France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
EU REDD Facility team leader: Christophe van Orshoven