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Indonesia occupies less than one percent of the earth’s landmass but has the third largest expanse of tropical forest after the Amazon and the Congo basin. These forests are home to an estimated 10 – 15 percent of all animal and plant species, placing it in the top three countries in terms of biodiversity. They are also a massive carbon sink, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow.


Indonesia’s forests also provide the basis for the livelihoods and well-being of some 40 million rural and indigenous people. 



How Ecuador is pioneering deforestation-free production chains to conserve the Amazon.

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How forest restoration enhances opportunities for women shea producers in Northern Ghana.

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Nearly 200 countries signed up to the historic, legally binding Paris Agreement back in 2015, and countless lives and livelihoods, as well as plant and animal species and areas of inspiring natural beauty, will be saved if the world pulls together to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius.


But five years on, despite genuine aspiration and clear progress, we are just not moving fast enough.


In late August 2020, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved $103.8 million US in results-based payments (RBPs) for Indonesia’s REDD+ emissions reductions from 2014 to 2016.
Forests are vital for Cambodia, especially for forest-dependent communities, who are the ones suffering from the primary effects of climate change.
 Photo: Manuth Buth/UNDP Cambodia
The Indigenous and Afro-descendant Cultural Safeguard encompasses the respect, recognition and practice of the Collective Rights or Fundamental Rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendant Peoples of Honduras.
Photo: UNDP Honduras
Panama is developing actions to achieve the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement, whose long-term objective is to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 ° C above preindustrial levels.
South-South cooperation promotes solidarity among developing countries pursuing similar development paths by allowing them to address common challenges.