Deforestation reduction remains challenging

Being active in more than 65 countries, REDD+ allows people who protect local forests to receive payments, usually from developed countries. REDD+ aims to make forest protection more economically attractive than deforestation. The total value of the program’s activities is estimated at 2.9 billion USD.

A study by the Vietnam University of Forestry in 2020 found that the Payment for Forest Environmental Services program has brought positive changes to local communities in forest protection and forest fire prevention in Vietnam by paying based on the effectiveness of forest care. However, the impact of this money on local livelihoods varies depending on the locality.

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