Protecting forests, fighting climate change: searching for lessons in the Amazon

In the fight against climate change, billions of dollars have been pledged to save the world’s forests. A scheme called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation – or REDD+ – is being championed as a possible solution.

In the Amazon, a team of six researchers linked to the Center for International Forestry Researchers have been trying to understand what lessons can be learned from a project called Bolsa Floresta, which compensates families to safeguard the forests.