REDD+ IN ECUADOR
Ecuador, along with Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Guyana and Malaysia, are a group of pioneering countries in progress for the preparation of REDD +, having presented their Reference Levels of Forest Carbon to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With this, Ecuador is one of six countries leading globally the REDD+ program to meet one of the four elements necessary for the implementation of this policy, the approach and the positive incentives for climate change mitigation in forestry and other land use . Other elements are a National Strategy, a National Forest Monitoring System and Safeguards Information System, in which Ecuador also has significant progress and expects to complete it's design in mid-2015.
The Reference Level Forest Carbon is the basis for estimating emission reductions associated with reducing deforestation in Ecuador, with which the country can access payments based on emission reduction results.
The presentation of Reference Level Forest Carbon, and their respective technical evaluation, marks a milestone on the leadership of Ecuador in preparing for REDD +, as a policy of mitigation of climate change that seeks to strengthen national efforts to reduce the drivers of deforestation and emissions of greenhouse gases.