Forest fund helps community

Local communities living in areas with abundant indigenous woodlands can now benefit from the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation fund, a local expert said recently.

“Most indigenous forests have been stripped, but local communities can now benefit by protecting them through the Redd programme,” said Chemist Gumbie, Research and Training Manager at the Forestry Commission.

“Redd is based on the principle of developed countries making payments to developing, forest-rich countries to conserve their forests in order to reduce greenhouse gases emitted through deforestation and has a mechanism to restore carbon,” said Gumbie

Redd is relatively a new, market-based approach to conservation. According to the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 report, approximately 17 percent of global annual GHG emissions are from deforestation and forest degradation.

“Some local communities are under severe ecological strain and its people are feeling the consequences in the form of falling incomes and lost livelihoods,” said Peter Gondo, Deputy Director of the Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources.

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