Carbon Rights in REDD+ and their implications in East Africa

Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is one of the key mechanisms for addressing climate change that is being debated at the international level. REDD+ is a mechanism being negotiated through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to mitigate climate change by supporting the implementation of policies in developing countries that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon dioxide) from deforestation and forest degradation. Since REDD was introduced on to the UNFCCC agenda in 2006 its scope has been expanded through successive negotiations to include not only forest conservation activities, but also forest enhancement and sustainable management of forests (the so-called REDD+ agenda).