SADC REDD+ Network
The SADC REDD+ Network was created in 2010 in order to provide an information-sharing platform for REDD+ in the SADC region. The objective of the SADC REDD+ Network is to provide experts from governments, research institutes, NGOs and CSOs and other stakeholders in the SADC region with a comprehensive overview of REDD+ preparations and activities in the SADC region by creating a pool of information on specific REDD-related questions relevant to the region and beyond.
Africa and Climate Change
Africa epitomizes many facets of Global Climate Change. Here, causes, impacts, mitigation opportunities, adaptive needs,questions of equity, and the strong links to development stand out with particular clarity. Africa´s ecosystems and populations are the most vulnerable to the consequences of Climate Change making it the continent with the highest priority for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Africa contains 14% to the global population, and contributes roughly that proportion to global soil and biomass carbon stocks. By contrast, the continent emits only 3% of global fossil fuel carbon, and 5.3% of the global greenhouse gases from all non-land use sectors.
Since 1990, Southern Africa witnessed the highest rate of deforestation in the whole of Africa contributing 31% to African deforestation area. Main drivers are the expansion of agriculture, shifting cultivation and unregulated logging with poverty, strong population growth, energy demand, and poor institutional capacities as underlying causes. Thus, biomass carbon losses from deforestation in SADC countries amount to 54% of those from the entire continent. Carbon emissions from combined deforestation and degradation are over five times larger than those from all other sources making sustainable management and conservation of SADC forests as well as fire management particularly urgent mitigation measures.
In May 2009, the SADC Member States decided to develop a regional REDD Programme that addresses the common problems of deforestation and degradation in the region and formulates joint Climate Change mitigation measures in the forest sector. The content of this programme was developed participatorily with all SADC Member States emphasizing topics that promote regional integration and create synergies through the co-operation among Member States. The programme document was approved by the SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources Management in May 2011. For further information, visit the news.
Goal of the SADC REDD Programme
The goal of the regional programme is to contribute to the sustainable management of the forests of SADC and also to poverty reduction and sustainable development.
The purpose of this programme on REDD is to improve the capacity of SADC Member States to manage and benefit from their national REDD programmes through regional cooperation and also increase the influence of SADC as a region, on the international processes on REDD and Climate Change.