The Forests 4 Climate Initiative is the redesigned version of the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW), which was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas, and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

In 2014, the GTLG (now More Than Smart), in collaboration with our nonprofit partners, launched a website exclusively for Forests 4 Climate to focus on being an informational source for REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) and show how California could play in a role in reducing deforestation on a global stage with its cap-and-trade system.

Deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 15% of the world’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Comprehensive efforts to constrain the impacts of climate change will require significant global cooperation to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Based on direction in the MOU, the ROW was created with state representatives and technical experts, who serve in their personal capacities.

In 2013, the ROW published draft recommendations, which allowed stakeholders to give feedback on the report. We reached out to stakeholders through three workshops and accepted public comments. Please click on the links below to read the Final ROW recommendations and the submittal letter to the California Air Resources Board.


Final ROW Report Executive Summary


Final ROW Recommendations in English

Final ROW Recommendations in Spanish

Final ROW Recommendations in Portuguese


Press release for ROW recommendations from Green Technology Leadership Group

Press release for ROW recommendations from EDF, TNC, CI & IPAM

Press release for ROW recommendations from Code REDD

Press release for ROW recommendations from Chiapas State Government


ROW letter to California Air Resources Board


ROW MRV workshop ROW Safeguards workshop ROW Linkage workshop

These recommendations would not have been possible without the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationClimateWorks, and the Climate and Land Use Alliance.

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