Over 50 people from government, farmer organisations, private sector, media, NGOs, Research Institutions, universities, civil society , military academy , environmental NGOs and Human Rights networks on 28th July, 2015 convened at Esella hotel in Kampala for the 1st REDD+ Awareness, workshop under the project titled, “Building capacity for REDD+ in East Africa for improved ecosystem health and for sustainable livelihoods in Eastern Africa (REDD‐EA)". REDD+ is a global policy framework aimed at protecting (natural) forests currently under threat. REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. In simple terms, this means protection of forests currently under threat.The plus “+” refers to conservation of forest carbon stocks; sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. These 3 activities are aimed at increasing or conserving forest carbon stocks. REDD‐EA is a five year project (2014-2018) funded by the the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED)with an estimated cost of NOK 18 m which is approximately USD 3 million.