REDD Early Movers (REM) Programme
The REDD Early Movers (REM) programme was established in 2011 and officially launched at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This innovative initiative from German Official Development Assistance (ODA) rewards pioneers of forest protection and climate change mitigation. The programme targets countries or regions that have already taken measures to protect forests. It provides performance-based payments for verified emission reductions from deforestation prevention, thereby managing REDD+ in line with the decisions agreed to in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). So far, the REM programme has been implemented in three countries: in the Brazilian states of Acre and Mato Grosso, in Colombia and in Ecuador.