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Several major bilateral and multilateral funding initiatives have recently been created to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus conservation (REDD+). Brazil has received the largest volume of REDD+ finance through its Amazon Fund. 

Public and private finance may be able to play complementary roles in delivering REDD+ finance: while public sources are essential in the initial preparation stages, the private sector may play a role in financing REDD+ implementation. 

Concerns over the scope of REDD+ financing, benefit sharing, effective stakeholder participation and the need for safeguards to avoid negative environmental and social impacts persist.

The content on this page is taken from the Climate Finance Fundamentals publication series. Download the 'Thematic Briefing - REDD'.

Mist among trees in Congo  Photo by Scott Thompson, World Resources Institute, 2008.