Enhancing the role of forests in mitigating climate change projects

  • Analysing future options for forests in the post-2012 climate regime

Location: Global
Duration: 1 year
Funder: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Partners: Electronic Development and Environmental Information System (Eldis); Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN; Amazon Institute of Environmental Studies, Brazil; International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Overseas Development Institute, British Broadcasting Corporation, Television for the Environment, InterPress Services, Panos, UN TV and UN Radio.
Objective: To inform the current policy debate, so that international post-2012 climate regimes and national REDD schemes are constructed in a manner that produces real reductions of emission from deforestation and forest degradation, using methods which effective, efficient, and equitable. It will provide a critical review of potential barriers to adoption of REDD policies based on global analysis of the political economic influences within and outside the forestry sector, and disseminate this research through a media seminar, television debates and a parliamentarian road show.


  • Comparative analysis of REDD demonstration activities

Location: Global
Duration: 1 year
Funder: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Partners: Research organisations and universities in the participating countries; Policy and practitioner partners from government agencies, NGOs, funding partners; knowledge partners from poverty and advocacy networks, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, other centres in the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research, communication intermediaries, development banks and news media.
Objective: To provide REDD policy makers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits. Tools will be developed that are tailor-made to the needs of policy formulation and strategy design, including toolkits, guidelines and manuals; an overview of reference-level conditions in 20–30 REDD demonstration sites and control sites will be provided; and a tested REDD project designed manual will be developed, to facilitate application of the approach in novel circumstances.

  • Forest and climate change

Location: Global
Duration: 10 months
Funder: US Agency for International Development
Partners: World Agroforestry Center, Development Alternatives Incorporated, Orangutan Foundation International
Objective: To determine how climate change trends may affect USAID’s ongoing and future programming in the forest sector and to build understanding and technical proficiency within USAID staff and local partners. This research will design and facilitate training workshops on topics identified in the above analysis, to build understanding and technical proficiency within USAID staff and local partners.

  • FORMA-CDM in Latin America

Location: Latin America
Funder: Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentar (INIA)
Partners: Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), El Colegio de la frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Ministry of husbandry, agriculture and fishing of Uruguay
Objective: To foster the understanding of the current dynamics and future possibilities for development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the forestry and bioenergy sectors in Latin America; and to provide technical and scientific support for development of CDM project activities in the forestry and bioenergy sectors.

  • MIA climate change mitigation and adaptation

Locations: Latin America
Funder: National Institute of Research and Technology for Food and Agriculture (INIA), Spain
Partners: INIA-Spain; Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE); Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Objective: To develop methodologies and case studies on sustainable forest management, taking into account the need for forests to adapt to climate change, while placing emphasis on the integrated production of ecosystem services and forest products; and to strengthen human resources in in the areas of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in sustainable forest management.

  • Peatland and wetland greenhouse gas emissions measurement campaign

Location: Indonesia
Duration: 1 year
Funders: UN Environement Programme’s Global Environment Facility, US Forest Service
Partners: Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Hawaii; Orangutan Foundation International, World Education, University of Sam Ratulangi, Indonesia; University of Palangkaraya, Indonesia
Objective: To determine best practices for estimating carbon stocks in tropical biomass by reducing uncertainties in emission factors. This research will culminate in a database and models for estimating below-ground and above-ground carbon stock in peatlands and mangrove ecosystems.

  • REDD Alert: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Landuses in Rainforests of the Tropics

Locations: Cameroon, Columbia, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru and Vietnam
Duration:  2009 –2012
Funder: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme
Partners: CIFOR, World Agroforestry Center, Agricultural Research Center for Development (IRAD), International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IIATA), National Institute of Research and Technology for Food and Agriculture (INIA), Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Research Centre for Forest Ecology and the Environment, University of Göttingen, Vrij Universiteit, Leuvens
Objective: To slow deforestation rates in tropical areas by contributing to the development and evaluation of market and non-market mechanisms and the institutions needed to change stakeholder behaviour. This research will provide support to international policy-makers by providing information about the relevant assumptions and external factors which shape these institutions.

  • Research to support design and implementation for REDD effectiveness

Location: Indonesia
Duration: 4 years
Funders: Australian Agency for International Development
Partners: Ministries of Forestry and Environment of Indonesia; the Department of Climate Change, Australia; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Australian National University
Objective: To promote the design of international post-2012 climate regime and national REDD schemes, which are efficient, equitable and provide benefits to affected communities in developing countries. This research will establish cost-efficient methods for REDD baselines and for monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks, while developing international strategies which take into account barriers to adopting REDD schemes.

  • Strengthening REDD implementation

Location: Indonesia
Duration: 1 year
Funder: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Partners: Bogor Agricultural Institute of Indonesia, NGOs, media
Objective: This project has two main objectives. In the short-term, to improve climate change literacy at all levels of Indonesian society. In the long-term, to support the implementation of REDD demonstration activities worldwide which are based on research and scientific information relating to effectiveness, efficiency and equity. This research will result in cost-efficient methods for REDD baselines and for monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks, while shaping national policies and international strategies which favour cost-efficient REDD schemes and protect the economically marginalised.