Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiatives reward communities and individuals who protect their forests, providing incentives for adopting a sustainable lifestyle


Approximately 35% of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are a result of past deforestation; 18% of annual global emissions are from continued deforestation. As the rate of deforestation continues unchecked, these numbers will only grow even higher. To prevent this, SNV and partners are looking to spearhead new means of encouraging sustainable forest use

SNV believes that the success of any REDD+ scheme will ultimately depend on how effectively it is designed and introduced. Our experience has shown that lasting solutions for the protection and sustainable management of forests can only be generated if there is the will and ability of the state to make changes and if forest dependent communities have real and reliable incentives to manage forests. SNV has identified six areas for intervention necessary to make REDD+ work, while supporting the poor and enhancing biodiversity. They are:

  1. Developing Low Emission Development Plans
  2. Ensuring Multiple Benefits
  3. Promoting Participatory Forest Monitoring
  4. Developing synergies between REDD+ and Agriculture
  5. Designing Benefit Distribution Systems
  6. Introducing New Renewable Energy Solutions

SNV is piloting these interventions in close collaboration with our government partners at the national and sites levels, looking to scale up successful models as part of national REDD+ strategies, across selected countries in Asia and Africa.


Richard McNally
Global Coordinator REDD+