REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. It’s a UN-approved model specially created to address climate change by saving forests. The ‘+’ represents all the other things we get from forests: biodiversity, livelihoods, wildlife habitat, and much more.
We know that climate change is going to have devastating consequences for the world, so preventing it is worth a lot. Because forests and their trees, roots, and soils store carbon dioxide (and lots of it), keeping them intact prevents carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
And since we can count how much carbon is in the trees we save, we can put a financial value on the standing forests through carbon credits. Once that happens, locals have an alternative to cutting them down, and the carbon stays in the ground.
That’s what Stand For Trees certificates represent. More on this below, but in a nutshell, buying one of our certificates means you are helping to create a real alternative to deforestation and to climate change.
That’s because someone has to set up a system to send the money to local communities – to patrol the forests, train locals in other activities, etc. That’s what our projects do, and that’s where your money goes.