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REDD: Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Forests

REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is an initiative to reduce global warming by stopping emissions related to deforestation at their source. A market-based strategy, the REDD approach holds that those that are willing and able to reduce emissions from deforestation should be economically compensated.

Individuals and countries that would have earned money from cutting or burning down the forest, now have the option to earn a living from protecting it. In exchange for agreeing not to emit GHGs through deforestation, landowners can sell “carbon credits” equal to one ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in international markets.

ACA Initiatives

For ACA, REDD presents an opportunity to fight climate change and conserve Amazon forest ecosystems. With our partners, we are developing a number of REDD projects in the southwestern Amazon.

The Los Amigos REDD Project

We are developing the first REDD project in Peru at our Los Amigos Conservation Concession. The concession protects 79.4 million tons of CO2e and a Noah’s Ark of biodiversity. Deforestation that will accompany the new Brazil-Peru Interoceanic highway threatens to release this massive store of carbon. More »

REDD Workshops and Training

ACA is organizing REDD Workshops for civil society groups, policy makers, and students to teach them about opportunities and challenges associated with REDD. Attendees participate in working groups and discussion roundtables and see presentations by experts in climate change impacts, REDD policy, deforestation modeling, and carbon assessment.

The first REDD Workshop was held in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios in May, 2009, and the second workshop was held in Cusco in December 2009 (read the Cusco REDD Workshop agenda or the full Cusco REDD workshop report - in Spanish). Upcoming workshops will be held in Manu National Park and in Bolivia in 2010.

View of Interoceanic highway

REDD Enterprise: Pro-poor REDD Projects

ACA is developing community-based REDD projects in the buffer zone of Manu National Park near Cusco, Peru. The projects will create opportunities to develop REDD enterprise: profit-making endeavors that are based on conservation and supplement REDD, such as sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, and ecotourism.

In this initiative, ACA is collaborating with local and native communities to reforest degraded lands with green fire breaks that are enriched with economically valuable Andean plant species. The cultivation of these fire breaks will reduce deforestation pressure on the Amazonian cloud forest by providing an alternative income to local communities.

By engaging indigenous communities on fire prevention and organizing workshops for government decision-makers on sustainable land use and REDD policy, ACA is helping communities both mitigate and adapt to climate change. See our concept note (PDF).


View of forest

View of the carbon-rich Amazon forest canopy. Photo: Raechel Running

Parrots flying

Photo: Frances Buerkens

Volunteers at REDD workshop

Volunteers from National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios helping at the REDD workshop in 2009. Photo: Amy Rosenthal


Deforestation along the Tambopata River. Photo: Amy Rosenthal

Water drop

Photo: Raechel Running

red tapestry