REDD+ in East Africa: The gender dimension of the Readiness Plans in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is an international mechanism to mitigate climate change by supporting policy implementation at the national level, with an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation. Furthermore, REDD+ goes “beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management […] and enhancement of forest carbon stocks” (UN-REDD, 2009). Although a formal international mechanism for REDD+ is yet to be fully defined, REDD+ processes and initiatives are gaining popularity internationally and are a subject of discussion in most climate change fora. REDD+ is gaining momentum in East Africa, with Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania all participating in the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, Tanzania having a UN-REDD country programme and bilateral REDD programme with Norwegian government has a number of REDD+ pilot projects established in the region.