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Forests provide habitat for at least half of the earth's terrestrial biodiversity as well as a broad range of ecosystem goods such as food, timber and fuel wood, and services such as flood mitigation, purification of water and air, carbon sequestration and climate regulation. These ecosystem services underpin water, energy, food, health, livelihoods and climate security for people locally as well as across the globe.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is an international climate change mitigation financing mechanism adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). REDD+ aims to contribute to the reduction of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and enhance GHG removals from the atmosphere, by providing financial incentives for halting or reversing forest loss in developing countries. Alongside the UNFCCC, various multilateral, bilateral and private initiatives have flourished to fund and support REDD+ implementation.

Although REDD+ was designed with a focus on emission reductions, the importance of forests for livelihoods and biological diversity demands that its development at both the international and national levels ensures that the multiple values and uses of forests are protected. We therefore work to encourage and guide the adoption, design and implementation of a multiple objective approach to REDD+ through our three areas of intervention:

Analysis and development

Our pioneering analytical and development work in the area of REDD+ includes:

  • Policy briefings to inform the UNFCCC REDD+ negotiations;
  • Documentation of early lessons and advancement of countries;
  • Analysis and unpacking of UNFCCC decisions and the Warsaw Framework for REDD+;
  • Development of in-depth publications concerning REDD+ legal frameworks.

For more details see our Knowledge Products page.

In-country work

Our on the ground work on REDD+ includes:

  • Legal gap analysis relevant to REDD+;
  • Preparation, review and/or strengthening of National REDD+ Strategies and Readiness Preparation Proposals (R-PPs);
  • Review and design of REDD+ grievance and redress mechanisms (GRMs);
  • Design of REDD+ safeguard information systems (SIS);
  • Design of participation/consultation mechanisms and procedures for REDD+;
  • Design of proposals to socialise/disseminate information about REDD+ through appropriate methods to relevant stakeholders.

For more details see our projects.

Capacity building and training

Our capacity building and training work includes:

  • Face-to-face training workshops on REDD+;
  • Facilitation of policy dialogues on REDD+;
  • Development of distant learning tools such as dedicated e-learning courses and webinars;
  • Development of train-the-trainer tool-kits on REDD+.

For more details see our projects.