BMUB partner with CIFOR on global research to clarify challenges of multilevel governance of REDD+ policy implementation (IKI-MLG)

Support from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative enables CIFOR and partners to embark on a new climate project: ‘Climate Research to Action under Multilevel Governance: Building Knowledge and Capacity at Landscape Scale’. CIFOR is extremely grateful for the financial support of BMUB enabling this project to run for five years.

The overall goal of this CIFOR project is to ensure REDD+ policymakers and practitioners in four target countries – Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam – make decisions informed by science-based knowledge, information, analysis and tools to contribute to effective and efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and poverty reduction, biodiversity and livelihoods co-benefits. As a complement to CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ at national and project levels, the project will focus on REDD+ at the landscape level.

Together with our research partners, the Center of Research & Development in Upland Area (CERDA), Hanoi, Vietnam, Derecho Ambiental y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Lima, Peru, Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA), Jakarta, Indonesia, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Norway, University of Helsinki, Finland, University of Leeds, U.K. and Wageningen University, Netherlands, CIFOR will be researching key issues of multilevel challenges to the governance of REDD+ policy implementation in Indonesia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. CIFOR also collaborates with various national partners in these four countries that are expected to advise CIFOR in the course of action and take advantage of the new knowledge to be generated in this project.

The project will generate policy lessons and build capacity based on high quality research on multilevel governance, land use decisions and carbon trade-offs at landscape levels. The emphasis on multiple governance levels and on landscapes – where policy meets practice on the ground – is strategic to supporting new capacity. Currently, REDD+ information and decisions tend to remain among a small body of national-level experts, yet landscape level actors and governance institutions and processes are key to the implementation of REDD+, low carbon strategies and related adaptation options. This project will address a key gap in science and policy and will provide support to multiple decision-making arenas.

For further information about this research project, please contact theme leader and focal point Christopher Martius.