This brief is the third output of a collaboration on REDD between the WWF's Forest and Climate Programme and the REDD@WUR network of the Wageningen University and Research.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have raised a collective international ambition to conserve forests, including a target to halt deforestation by 2020. Given that the land sector represents a quarter of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, this ambition is also highly significant for the UNFCCC. Developed countries are asked to work both domestically and in collaboration with developing countries to halt tropical deforestation. REDD+ can be a useful means to deliver on the SDGs in developing countries – not just with respect to forests, but also on other related goals such as the promotion of sustainable agriculture and poverty eradication. The SDGs, in turn, provide an additional institutional incentive to pursue effective REDD+ actions. This brief looks at the links between SDGs and REDD+, and how the promotion of non-carbon benefits, in particular, can expand the scope of REDD+ actions for progress on SDGs.
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