Conserving Forests and habitats through REDD-plus implications
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is a mechanism that has been under negotiation by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2005, with the objective of mitigating climate change through reducing net emissions of greenhouse gases through enhanced forest management in developing countries. In the last two decades, various studies estimate that land use change, including deforestation and forest degradation, accounts for 12-29% of global greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason the inclusion of reducing emissions from land use change is considered essential to achieve the objectives of the UNFCCC.
SAFE has initiated community forestry with REDD-plus components for mangrove forests conservation in the east and West Indian coasts with supports from UNEP-EPLC and Korea Green Foundation. This includes species regeneration in women led community nursery, habitat conservation and mangrove plantation, creating economic opportunities for marginal farmers and fishers and preventing mangrove destruction for fuel fodder and agricultural clearance. Mangrove plantlets are grown nurtured planted for forest regeneration by community women as alternative livelihood.