What is REDD-plus (REDD+) ?

REDD+ is an international agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty, which aims to provide support to developing countries for undertaking actions to manage, protect, and develop forests. The aim is to reduce emissions of forest carbon and other greenhouse gases, and thereby minimize or mitigate global climate change. The improved management of forests is also intended to produce other social and environmental �co-benefits.�

REDD+ serves national development objectives for Lao PDR. REDD+ supports the country�s own objectives bringing all forests under sustainable management. Lao PDR also sees REDD+ as an important element in its own contributions to international efforts to combat climate change, under the UNFCCC treaty.


  • aims to support developing countries to contribute towards mitigating climate change through improving forest and land use management.
  • provides support through governments, donors, development partners, private sector and local stakeholders.
  • includes investments in building capacity for transformation in land use; and
  • provides �REDD+ payments,� which are performance-based incentives, based upon actual measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and enhancement of stocks.