REDD for dummies: UN-REDD Q&A - Version July 2010
As time goes by, site has envolved, therefore we do offer two different texts for users who have been brought to our site and this link:
REDD - conservation is NOT the deal at all, people is has to be taken care of!
Once again we are told how deforestation of our rain forests can be stopped, "the standing tree has to be worth more than the felled tree" - and since agriculture is accepted as the main cause of the tropical rain forest destruction, thus the "opportunity costs" have to be covered by REDD+. Is to say, the returns on the cash gifts of the REDD+ process must be higher than the profits that can be obtained from an agricultural reuse of a cleared rain forest area. However, even this is not so simple because the profits from the use of this area for an industrial beef production are much higher than the profits which a small farmer can obtained from the same area when he runs agriculture for a living for himself and his family.
Or you might be interested in the UN-REDD Q&A version July 2010:
The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations Collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in September 2008 to assist developing countries prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies, and builds on the convening power and expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Press release: Programme launch
The Programme currently supports REDD+ readiness activities in nine pilot countries and 13 partner countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America (see Q&A below for the difference between pilot and partner countries). List of pilot and partner countries